"Francis Claud Cockburn" of Brook Lodge, Youghal, County Cork, Munster, Ireland was an Anglo-Scottish people/Scots journalist. He was a Communist agitator in the 1930s and 40s and, though he left the party in 1947, maintained that this was more froim boredom than from revulsion at Stalin's cruelties. His saying "believe nothing until it has been officially denied" is widely quoted in journalistic studies, although he doesn't claim credit for originating it. He was the second cousin, once removed, of novelists Alec Waugh and Evelyn Waugh.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous journalists! More Claud Cockburn on Wikipedia.
What arouses the indignation of the honest satirist is not, unless the man is a prig, the fact that people in positions of power or influence behave idiotically, or even that they behave wickedly. It is that they conspire successfully to impose upon the public a picture of themselves as so very sagacious, honest and well-intentioned.Claud Cockburn