Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, PC, OC, KCSG (born 25 August 1944) is a historian, columnist and publisher who was for a time the third biggest newspaper magnate in the world. Black was convicted of criminal fraud and obstruction of justice.
- We must express the view, based on our empirical observations, that a substantial number of journalists are ignorant, lazy, opinionated, and intellectually dishonest. The profession is heavily cluttered with aged hacks toiling through a miasma of mounting decrepitude and often alcoholism, and even more so with arrogant and abrasive youngsters who substitute 'commitment' for insight.
- Black, Conrad et al, "A Brief to the Special Senate Committee on the Mass Media from the Sherbrooke Record...", 1969 : Despite Black's involvement in press ownership, he heaped scorn on journalism
- Since biblical times, and probably before, the wealthy have been envied and condemned.
- In: Clark, Andrew "At some level, he's still asking the same question as he was when he was seven or eight - who am I?" The Guardian, March 16, 2007
- At the time of his fraud trial in 2007, Black was aware of the disdain much of the public held towards him because of his wealth.
"The world according to Conrad Black", 2007
Olive, David (compiled by) "The world according to Conrad Black" Toronto Star, March 11, 2007
- [The] swarming, grunting masses of jackals...
- On investigative journalists:
- The bedraggled warhorse of American blowhardism.
- On journalist Norman Mailer
- Those who would retain his services should confine him to subjects better suited…to his sniggering, puerile, defamatory and cruelly limited talents.
- On Canadian author John Ralston Saul
- Like all fads, corporate governance has its zealots
- On corporate governance, in May 2003
- Greed has been severely underestimated and denigrated – unfairly so, in my opinion.
- On avarice
- It is galling to see such mendacious hypocrites as Kennedy and Biden at the Senate Judiciary Committee sitting in judgment on distinguished jurists.
- On U.S. Democratic senators opposed to the appointment of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1988.
"Conrad Black", Slate, August 31, 2001
Plotz, David "Conrad Black", Slate, August 31, 2001
- An overgenerous reinsurance policy for an underachieving people.
- About Canada's social welfare system
- A jumped-up little twerp [and a] prime candidate for exorcism
- Characterisation of the Bishop of Calgary for backing a strike at Black's Calgary Herald newspaper.