Alexander Cockburn
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"Alexander Claud Cockburn" was an Irish American political journalist and writer. Cockburn was brought up by British parents in Ireland but had lived and worked in the United States since 1972. Together with Jeffrey St. Clair, he edited the political newsletter CounterPunch. Cockburn also wrote the "Beat the Devil" column for The Nation as well as one for The Week in London, syndicated by Creators Syndicate.

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The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it.

A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.

They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty, which is nonsense since it implies that in times of peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard.

The pack slumbered and only a few watchdogs rattled their chains.

The weapon of the advocate is the sword of the soldier, not the dagger of the assassin.

Why did they ban that?

There is never finality in the display terminal's screen, but an irresponsible whimsicality, as words, sentences, and paragraphs are negated at the touch of a key. The significance of the past, as expressed in the manuscript by a deleted word or an inserted correction, is annulled in idle gusts of electronic massacre.

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost -the lost valleys of the imagination.

Be careful about Burma. Most people cannot remember whether it was Siam and has become Thailand, or whether it is now part of Malaysia and should be called Sri Lanka.