The above paragraph is taken from Atlas Shrugged which was published in 1957 by Ayn Rand. It took her 12 years to write. There is no more prescient scene in this book than the one above, at a press conference given by Dagny Taggart at the opening of her John Galt Line.The reporters who came to the press conference in the office of the John Galt Line were young men who had been trained to think that their job consisted of concealing from the world the nature of its events. It was their daily duty to serve as audience for some public figure who made utterances about the public good, in phrases carefully chosen to convey no meaning. It was their daily job to sling words together in any combination they pleased, so long as the words did not fall into a sequence saying something specific. - Atlas Shrugged Page 243-244
It reminds me of today's press corp. Think about how they fawned all over Hillary and Obama, and yet seemed absolutely baffled by Donald Trump, especially when he called them on their bullshit.