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the Fourth Estate

The people and organizations that report the news, or news journalism as a whole, regarded as having palpable but unofficial political influence. One must never forget the sway held by members of the Fourth Estate—if we want public support, then we need the press on our side.
See also: estate, fourth

the fourth estate

the press; the profession of journalism.
The three traditional Estates of the Realm (the Crown, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons) are now viewed as having been joined by the press, which is regarded as having equal power. As early as 1843 Lord Macaulay stated: ‘The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm’.
See also: estate, fourth
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Yet now that the fourth estate is as discredited as the clergy in 1789, the larger problem is that there is no arbiter of truth, morality, and decency left whom we all respect.
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Given the deterioration of the first three Estates, only the Fourth Estate can help us continue defending our liberties.
The Charter of Press Ethics reflects keenness on promoting the Fourth Estate to continue its crucial role in enlightening the public opinion and raising all political, economic and social issues," His Majesty added, reiterating his support to the Press and journalists.
King Hamad thanked the Minister of Information and Parliament Affairs Eisa Al Hammadi and the press community for the initiative, hailing the role played by the fourth estate since the early 1930s, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
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Not just the investors, whom, had they had the whit to read his autobiography would never have invested money in him in the first place, but more broadly to those of us who believe in the fourth estate.
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