I had cause to think about public discourse, propaganda and Public Relations recently …
Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.
— George Orwell
Is the English press honest or dishonest? At normal times it is deeply dishonest. All the papers that matter live off their advertisements, and the advertisers exercise an indirect censorship over news. Yet I do not suppose there is one paper in England that can be straightforwardly bribed with hard cash. In the France of the Third Republic all but a very few of the newspapers could notoriously be bought over the counter like so many pounds of cheese. — George Orwell – The Lion and the Unicorn (1941)