Conrad Black

Canadian-born newspaper publisher
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", 2007Edit

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, 2001Edit

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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