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与大学不同,营利性媒体企业从来无需承担培育一个强大“公共领域”的任务。不可避免的是,它们的报道反映了自身取悦——或者至少不去触怒——背后金主(广告商或投资者)的巨大压力。这也是为何美国作家和政治评论家沃尔特·李普曼(Walter Lippmann)—— 他本身就是新闻老手——最终将自己的信任托付在为大学,智库或其他细分领域工作的公共知识分子身上。


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