Anthony Lewis (born March 27, 1927, New York City) is a prominent liberal intellectual, writing for The New York Times op-ed page and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. Lewis is a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Price.
- A final argument for broad freedom of expression is its effect on the character of individuals in a society. Citizens in a free society must have courage — the courage to hear not only unwelcome political speech but novel and shocking ideas in science and the arts.
- Pulitzer Prizes are the preeminent mark of achievement in American journalism. As the prizes for reporting on Vietnam in defiance of official wishes show, they also point to the press's view of its role in society. That view has changed substantially over the more than eighty years of the Pulitzer Prizes' existence. Exposing official corruption on a local level had always been part of what journalists see as their function. But today, more than ever before, they are ready to write critically about the policies of the federal government, even in the once sacrosanct areas of foreign and national security affairs.
- The conflict about the meaning of free speech went on through the 1920s, Holmes and Brandeis persisting in their view and expressing it in strongly worded dissents. In one sense it was a curious performance by the two of them, for each had a deep commitment to the Supreme Court as an institution and thought that division among the justices should be avoided when possible.
- Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Lewis is among the great American journalists of the past half century. His coverage of legal issues for The New York Times, where he was a columnist for 32 years, along with his best-selling books (including "Gideon's Trumpet"), have made him one of the most popular commentators on American law.
- Leddy, Chuck (January 8, 2008). "A balance between free speech and fear". The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, Massachusetts): p. 16.
- Lewis is a former New York Times columnist and an authority on the U.S. Constitution.
- Hagan, John F. (November 22, 2003). "Americans being denied rights since 9/11, journalist declares". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio): p. B2.
- ...Lewis will be remembered most for his unfailing commitment to justice as a concept that must rise above politics. For it is the Constitution, not any party, ideology or official, that merits Americans' constant allegiance.
- Star Tribune staff (December 21, 2001). "Lewis and the law - Powerful writing rooted in respect". Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, Minnesota): p. 32A.
- Though Lewis' views frequently are well left of center on the political spectrum, his writing is moderate. Lewis is at once passionate and logical - great to argue with in your head.
- Weiss, Richard H. (November 5, 1998). "Times columnist likes to mine a vein of thought". St. Louis Post-Dispatch: p. G1.
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