Journalists say a thing they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true.
Bennett, Enoch Arnold
I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
If it isn't reported, it hasn't happened.
The news personalities display the same symptoms as large dogs excited by their internal parasites. In running from congress to president to ‘situation experts,’ they leak from all orifices in their frenzy to gather the latest and greatest sound bite.
Journalism consists largely in saying "Lord Jones died" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive
Chesterton, Gilbert Keith
The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth.
Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer
Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel
Clinton, President William Jefferson
Television and radio do a wonderful job in focusing attention on the problems of our society
Daley, Richard Joseph
News is that which comes from the North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class publication and not news.
The press is not only free, it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy.
A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.
You have to give the press confrontations. When you give them confrontations, you get attention; when you get attention, you can educate
Gingrich, Newton (Newt) Leroy
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
Journalists write because they have nothing to say, and have something to say because they write.
A good newspaper I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
Junk journalism is the evidence of a society that has got at least one thing right, that there should be nobody with the power to dictate where responsible journalism begins.
There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
Chief of Staff New York Times
Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.
Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community
Most rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.
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