Walter Lippmann was a journalist, a media critic and a philosopher who argued that true democracy is a goal that could not be reached in a complex, industrial world. Lippmann was born in New York City to German-Jewish parents, Jacob and Daisy Baum Lippmann. At age 17, he entered Harvard University where he studied under George Santayana, William James, and Graham Wallas. He concentrated on philosophy and languages (he spoke both German and French) and graduated after only three years of study. 1913 Lippmann, Herbert Croly, and Walter Weyl became the founding editors of The New Republic magazine. During World War I, Lippmann became an adviser to President Woodrow Wilson and assisted in the drafting of Wilson's Fourteen Points..
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