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Brian Lamb

Chairman and CEO of C-SPAN, the American public affairs television channel


I worked under the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, Arthur Sylvester, who you might remember was quoted early in the Kennedy administration as saying the government had a right to lie. ... It was my first education into how news was made, and what motivated correspondents and what motivated the government, how government attempted to shade and cover up and lie, and how the media in some cases would be a willing accomplice.

Mar. 01, 1996 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine