Conrad Black

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Conrad Black

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

"The world according to Conrad Black", 2007[edit]

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.
  • Those who would retain his services should confine him to subjects better suited…to his sniggering, puerile, defamatory and cruelly limited talents.
  • 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[edit]

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.

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