„All over the world, wherever there are capitalists, freedom of the press means freedom to buy up newspapers, to buy writers, to bribe, buy and fake “public opinion” for the benefit of the bourgeoisie.“

Collected Works, Vol. 32, pp. 504–9.
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Source: Revolution!: Sayings of Vladimir Lenin

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