Author Walter Lippmann, who wrote “The Indispensable Opposition” informs the audience of the importance of having freedom of opinion within our society. The author persuades the audience through his use of diction which gives his point of view a specific tone that forms a connection between the audience and himself. The authors diction sets the tone for his piece within the article. An example of this is in the first paragraph when Lippmann states, “Thus, the defense of freedom of opinion tends to rest not on its substantial, beneficial, and indispensable consequences, but on a somewhat eccentric,” by stating this the author gives the audience a feel for the importance of the freedom of opinion. The authors use of 3 words that have similar definitions and follow up after one another puts emphasis on the point he’s trying to convey.