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The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information. Christopher Lasch
To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. James Madison
Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
To hold a pen is to be at war. Voltaire
Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press. Hugo Black
Television is democracy at its ugliest. Paddy Chayefsky
I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president. Jimmy Carter
The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves. Demosthenes
A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. Arthur Miller
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction. A. C. Benson
That's a good question. Let me try to evade you. Paul Tsongas
Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education. Paul Erdos
The medium is the message. Marshall McLuhan
Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves. Brendan Behan
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. Thomas Jefferson
If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments. Isaac Bashevis Singer
When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Eric Cantona
Tell the truth. Ian Hunter
Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. A. J. Liebling
An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains. Henri Frederic Amiel
The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm. Thomas Babington Macaulay
In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out. It is more elegant to pontificate than it is to sweat. Harold Evans
I was a born troublemaker and might as well earn a living at it. Bill Mauldin
You, the foreign media, have been the companion of my people in its long and painful journey to freedom. Corazon Aquino
Journalists have misquoted people for so long–and quoted them out of context–that many people like to have their words on record [in writing]. I don’t want someone taking half a sentence or paraphrasing me… Just too much risk. Jason Calacanis
The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people. Alexis de Tocqueville
A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state. Walter Lippmann
We see more and more of our Presidents and know less and less about what they do. Bill Moyers
In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation. Anthony Sampson
A politician wouldn't dream of being allowed to call a columnist the things a columnist is allowed to call a politician. Max Lerner
I don't like to hurt people, I really don't like it at all. But in order to get a red light at the intersection, you sometimes have to have an accident. Jack Anderson
An average of more than one journalist a week has been killed for reasons connected to his or her work. Committee to Protect Journalists
The Liberty League was laughed out of existence by New Yorker cartoonists, who depicted its members looking out over Fifth Avenue and snorting that doomsday was here and Josef Stalin lurked in the bushes. Ralph De Toledano
We in America do not forget that it was the backs of white workers from Europe and on the backs of millions of Blacks that the wealth of America was built. And we are resolved to share it equally. We reject any hysterical raving that urges us to make war on anyone. Our will to fight for peace is strong...We shall support peace and friendship among all nations, with Soviet Russia and the People's Republics. Paul Robeson
... infiltrate and neutralize the mainstream American media. Roger Ailes
The perception of broadcasters as community trustees should be replaced by a view of broadcasters as marketplace participants. Mark Fowler
I happen to believe that any legitimate news organization in the world would do that interview. And if the United States is going to be a proponent of a free press, it has to walk the walk. Norman Pattiz
I want to make sure we're [CNN] not used as a propaganda platform. We're entering a period in which there's a lot more reporting and video from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. You want to make sure people understand that when they see civilian suffering there, it's in the context of a terrorist attack that caused enormous suffering in the United States. Walter Isaacson
The front pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times are very important in shaping what other people think. They're like writing a memo to the White House. Walter Pincus
Given the insults by Danish newspapers against the prophet, as of now the name of Danish pastries will give way to ‘Rose of Mohammad’ pastries … This is a punishment for those who started misusing freedom of expression to insult the sanctities of Islam. Iran Confectioners Union
It is the responsibility of journalists to be ethical. Religion is a very sensitive issue, and I think no truly professional cartoonist in the world would ever try to pick on a religion like this. There’s an informal code of ethics among cartoonists in the media, and it includes two kinds of censorship: one is self-censorship; the other is professional censorship. Religion is one of the very important things that we should respect and not criticize …. We cannot tolerate any disparagement of the Prophet. Shujaat Ali
In America we don’t apologize for opinions, that’s why we have a 1st Amendment. If we can’t discuss even controversial opinions in the pages of our newspapers, where are we going to do it? Doug Marlette
The press has a tendency to focus on what politicians disagree on. Haley Barbour
The function of government is to provide you with service; the function of the media is to supply the Vaseline. L. Neil Smith
Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative. Kurt Vonnegut
Though the pen is mightier than the sword, the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment. Leonard Wibberley
The world revolves on its axis subject to the Constitution of the United States, and the most Radical newspaper man in London Leonard Henry Courtney
The liberty of the press is the Palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights of an Englishman. Junius; Philip Francis
It is for your good, consider, that we publish this little journal. Sleep no more. It is time, wake up. No one is there to speak for you. Keshub Chunder Sen
Without humor, a newscast is a terrible, depressing, unpalatable thing. Keith Oberman
Your either accused of being dictatorial or of being weak—occasionally both at the same time. You just have to take your pick. Tony Blair
The press should form a fortress of steel round the republic. The republic has a right to demand this from journalists. The struggle is not over; the press has a duty to convey this truth to the nation and safeguard its unity. Kemal Ataturk
We believe that the remedy to any harm resulting from press freedom lies in press freedom itself. Kemal Ataturk
Soap operas have become sex operas. Joseph I. Lieberman
What I do for a living is ask questions. Gwen Ifill
Does General Grant think I care what the newspapers say? William Tecumseh Sherman
A good war televises well; a bad war televises poorly. David Halberstam
No one becomes a reporter to make friends, but neither is it pleasant in a situation like the war in Vietnam to find yourself completely at odds with the views of the highest officials of your country. The pessimism of the Saigon press corps was of the most reluctant kind: many of us came to love Vietnam, we saw our friends dying all around us, and we would have liked nothing better than to believe the war was going well and that it would eventually be won. But it was impossible for us to believe those things without denying the evidence of our own senses.... And so we had no alternative but to report the truth.... David Halberstam
Being a reporter is at the very core of a democracy, being a free person in a free society. David Halberstam
The Voices of freedom live : newspapers of the allies published in Britain Anonymous
After a careful examination I concluded that the story would not only repay the cost of publication in book form, but would yield some profit. Possibly I was helped to that conclusion by my firm conviction that the volume would prove a strong anti-slavery document. John P. Jewett
Every war has seen unscrupulous reporters who are willing to hurt the national effort, even betray secrets, for the sake of a story…but it did no good to treat the press as enemies. Harry J. Maihafer
The ground was strewn with the dead, the dying, and the wounded—here lay one man with his leg shot off, there another with a wound in his head, another with an arm shot off, and hundreds wounded in nearly all the various parts of the body. New York Times
Greeley does the thinking for the whole West at $2 per year for his paper. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Please pardon me for suggesting that if the papers, like yours, which heretofore have persistently garbled, and misrepresented what I have said, will now fully and fairly place it before their readers, there can be no further misunderstanding… Abraham Lincoln
Soldiers are supposed to keep quiet. Joao Figueiredo
The consumption of news is up, but the way people are receiving the news has changed Eric Schmidt
Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. Thomas Jefferson
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost Thomas Jefferson
Freedom's Journal Samuel Cornish; John B. Russwurm
In America itself, after 30 years of experimenting with the Great Society programs, there is widespread crime and violence, children kill each other with guns, neighborhoods are insecure, old people feel forgotten, families are falling apart. And the media attacks the integrity and character of your leaders with impunity, drags down all those in authority and blames everyone but itself. Lee Kuan Yew
We have a two-party, three-network system. Art Buchwald
I couldn't stand people writing about me the way I write about politicians. Art Buchwald
Everybody in Washington works for me. Art Buchwald
Fair and balanced is doublespeak for bite-out-chunks-of-truth until only irrelevancy is left, byte-sized, entertaining irrelevancy Larisa Alexandrovna
Television has spread the habit of instant reaction and has stimulated the hope of instant results. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. But, as in every army, the soldier obeys blindly, and the war aims and operating plans change without his knowledge. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play. There is no more appalling caricature of freedom of thought. Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to want to think, and this they consider freedom. Oswald Spengler
If you guys would stop asking questions about the Iraq War, there would be no problem at all. Barbara Cubin
Once the Secretary of State invites you to lunch and asks your opinion, you’re sunk. I. F. Stone
The newspapers and magazines, the theaters and the social reform movements, are more and more made for a public which looks only to be entertained and which has lost the power of sustained attention. Hugo Munsterberg
Nothing is really real unless it “happens” on television…Television has brought an inversion of our consciousness. When we take our eyes off the tube, we see things that are not quite authentic – or rather, which gain authenticity only by their resemblance to how things happen on television Daniel J. Boorstin
It’s our responsibility to read the newspapers and then say it is our opinion. Trey Parker
If we applied more science reporting standards to political reporting, most of these politicians wouldn’t be able to make all these outrageous statements. We ask where is your data? How can you prove that? Ira Flatow
The free press is good on major disasters like classic famines, but it tolerates chronic hunger as much as anyone else. Frances J. Stewart
If newspapers were written by people whose sole object in writing was to tell the truth about politics and the truth about art we should not believe in war, and we should believe in art. Virginia Woolf
My role is to bear witness and to bring back what people see and tell you. Paul Salopek
A fancifully fancyless medium of unvarnished news. Willard Van Orman Quine
People of a certain political view tend to read material of only that point of view … except to cast contempt on the other points of view. Cass Sunstein
I wish we lived in the days when you could challenge a person to a duel! Zell Miller
The FCC has a moral obligation to protect the public from being ‘blitzed’ and ‘saturated’ with campaign ads. George Ball
The media are not progressive enough to let us govern. 24/7 news is the worst thing that has happened to the ability to govern. Daniel D. Rostenkowski
The bias of the media is neither liberal nor conservative but negative. Frank Sesno
We will have a female President. Sandra Day O'Connor
I had preconceived notions going in and it was even stranger than I thought it would be …. It is a total cult of personality. Bob Woodruff
Journalists have to be optimists. When you interview somebody on Social Security reform, you have got to believe that Social Security can be reformed. Jim Lehrer
Brady's Photographic Corps, heartily welcomed in each of our armies, has been a feature as distinct and omnipresent as the corps of balloon, telegraph, and signal operators. They have threaded the weary stadia of every march; have hung on the skirts of every battle scene; have caught the compassion of the hospital, the romance of the bivouac, the pomp and panoply of the field review. New York World
Comprising the sum of foreign intelligence, with the affairs now on foot in the three nations: England, Scotland & Ireland. For information of the people. Published by order of Parliament Mercurius Politicus
Every newspaper lives by appealing to a particular public. It can only go ahead of its times if it carries its public with it. Success in journalism depends on understanding the public. New Statesman
I respect the press. The press and the media are a very useful watchdog to check the power of the government. Aberto Gonzales
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. Oscar Wilde
One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted. Eleanor Roosevelt
The newspapers, magazines and other journals of the country, it is safe to say, have shed and continue to shed, more light on the public and business affairs of, the nation than any other instrumentality of public; and since informed public opinion is the most potent of all restraints upon misgovernment, the suppression or abridgment of the publicity afforded by a free press cannot be regarded otherwise than with grave concern. George Sutherland
The good news does not make the front pages. The bad news does make the front pages. Robert Mueller
Give people control of the media and they will use it. Don’t give them control and you will lose it. Jeff Jarvis
Modern young news consumers want not only to know what happened but why it happened. Rupert Murdoch
Newspapers for centuries enjoyed a virtual monopoly… Those days are gone. The trends are against us. Rupert Murdoch
News and entertainment are getting dangerously intertwined. Lee H. Hamilton
In America the president reigns for four years, and journalism governs for ever and ever. Oscar Wilde
Opinions are free but facts cost money. Anonymous
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. Ralph Waldo Emerson
In all my life I have treated the press with marked contempt and had remarkable success. Robert Menzies
When I was Under-Secretary, I never got quoted at all. Now everything I say gets noted and printed. Alphonso Jackson
Responsibility means nothing if you do not have a forum in which to exercise it. Michael Dyson
Whoever controls the media—the images—controls the culture. Allen Ginsberg
Th' newspaper does ivrything f'r us. It runs th' polis foorce an' th' banks, commands th' milishy, conthrols th' ligislachure, baptizes th' young, marries th' foolish, comforts th' afflicted, afflicts th' comfortable, buries th' dead an' roasts thim aftherward. Finley Peter Dunne
I like photographers. You don't ask questions. Ronald Reagan
A President in a sense is an elected kingship. Newt Gingrich
Many complaints have reached me from the army of the advantages conferred upon the enemy by the publication of intelligence from the seat of war, not only in letters from the correspondents of the English newspapers, but in letters written by officers to their friends at home in the spirit of confidential intimacy, and which those friends send to newspapers… Henry Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle
…the statements to the World and News consist simply of a string of infamous libels. Theodore Roosevelt
There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde
The press, that distinguished appendage of public liberty … has been invariably prostituted … Thomas Gage
I’m a dilettante and get paid for it. I have just about enough knowledge on any subject to last for a one hour radio show or a cocktail party whichever comes first. Jim Bohannon
If Truman wins, by God I'll make sure the President of the United States can speak to the country whenever he wishes. Howard McGrath
Most good newspapers don't set out to offend readers. But newspapers shouldn’t avoid controversy, and if they don’t occasionally a offend readers, they’re probably not doing their job. Deborah Howell
I have no intention of offending somebody who writes a weekly column. Robert E. Rubin
I'm sure if I have plans, the Press will inform me. Arthur Scargill
The journalist observes the laws of his country, but when the fulfillment of his professional duty is concerned he recognizes the jurisdiction of his colleagues only, and rejects any attempts of pressure and interference from the side of the government or whoever else. Congress of Russian Journalists
The mass media in Saudi Arabia should oppose destructive, trends, atheistic tendencies, materialistic philosophies and attempts to divert Muslims from their faith. Saudi Arabia
“If the United States…can pass laws to block media cross ownership within one market to protect the diversity of voices, then we in Canada must ask ourselves why we do not seem to attach the same importance to that important principle. Paul Schneidereit
Journalism, as practiced by some, has become something akin to professional wrestling—something to watch rather than believe. Jim Lehrer
What would this country be like without the press prying to find out what the government is doing? Eugene Robinson
We in the media should be breaking the news and not making the news. Jon Meacham
Every organization has men and women who will be sure that the news gets out when it is good news. The problem is with the bad news. That is the challenge of democracy Ted Koppel
It’s hard to sometimes get information out of the government. It’s really hard. You can’t do it without asking tough questions. Craig Crawford
The U. S. Government operates like a five and dime store in an Ebay world. Donald Rumsfeld
Everything is offensive to somebody…. My beliefs are offended when news organizations show gangs of ignorant thugs burning embassies. Glenn Reynolds
To arrest a journalist for performing his duty is a confiscation of the freedom of expression guaranteed by all international pacts Syrian Union of Journalists
People do not have the right to stir up riots and racial hatred, encourage mass hysteria or heap abuse on religion any more than they do to rob, rape, cheat or kill. Arab News
These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims. We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression, but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable. Kurtis Cooper
In a bad year in this country, we have 600 people die in airplane crashes. We have 150 die a day in automobiles. Automobile accidents are simply not news. People are not reacting to them, unless you have a phenomenal accident where five or ten people are killed at once, and that will get to be big news. But you've got to concentrate it to produce the news. On the other hand, airplanes, a little bit like nuclear power, have an awesome safety record. And yet, a plane crash where 100 people are killed is news, not just locally but all over the world, quite literally. So the concentration of deaths is very important. Robert Du Pont
If somebody is going to hand me a load of BS, I feel obliged to call attention to the steaming pile Ted Koppel
It’s always difficult for a President to explain his policies through the filter of the media and the crises of the day. Grover Norquist
When the crisis at the core of our nation’s political decline is a direct attack on the truth, the institution that should take the lead in confronting and correcting that danger is the press. Russ Rymer
News is anything that makes a reader say, "Gee whiz! Anonymous
Police are empowered to seize editions of newspapers which attack the government in the foreign policy, or which injure the national credit at home or abroad, or which alarm the people without justification. Anonymous
The newspaper [in the United States] now is a lame thing, and quite uniform from New York to Maine, Arkansas and Mississippi. Anonymous
The expressions of newspapers, like those of orators, could not be accepted without allowance, for they aimed at producing some desired effect, and said either more or less than the truth. Henry Adams
[Of newspaper editors:] There is not one of them whose friendship is worth buying, nor one whose enmity is not formidable. They are a sort of assassins who sit with loaded blunderbusses at the corner of streets and fire them off for hire or for sport at any passenger whom they select. They are principally foreigners. John Quincy Adams
They [the press] consume a considerable quantity of our paper manufacture, employ our artisans in printing, and find business for great numbers of indigent persons. Joseph Addison
I think you should be able to have a press conference without having reporters key in on certain divisive issues. Spiro Agnew
The [TV evening] news usually defines the candidate for the public. Roger Ailes
The image of one country and its people amongst peoples of another country is largely created and sustained by the media. Fouad A. Al-Farsy
One of our greatest glories is closure of offending newspapers. Based on our assessments, by doing this, we have done the greatest service to the people Abbas-Ali Alizadeh
To a newspaperman, a human being is an item with the skin wrapped around it. Frederick Allen; John F.
Radio is a device which allows people who don’t have anything to do to listen to people who don’t know how to do anything. Frederick Allen; John Florence
Unless I am gravely mistaken, I am the only reporter in this city, teeming with reporters, who goes to bed every night praying that he is dead wrong. I see danger—fearful danger—hanging over this country that I love. I keep hoping it is a mirage, in which case I shall indeed be dead wrong. Joseph Alsop
I found it unworthy of publication because it is not supported by any scientific or historic facts. Moreover, as a matter of principle, it's not right to exchange silly and false information about the use of human blood in the food of other humans whoever they may be because such a thing doesn't exist in the world at all. Turki Abdullah Al-Sudeiri
That’s a very good question but I’m afraid that I don’t have a very good answer. John Ashcroft
We, the publishers of Asr-e-Azandegan, see ourselves as obligated to serve the people, the Government, and the Islamic Republic [of Iran]. We do this because we love our country and our motherland, and because we are fond of our glorious revolution, our government, and our leader [Iranian President Mohammad Khatami.] Asr-e-Azandegan; Mashallah
I send you the newspapers; but they do not always speak true. Sarah Bache
Ever since Gutenberg, every dynasty, every political leader, every major religion, has recognized that to control the media is to have a powerful instrument for controlling the values and behavior of a population. Benjamin H. Bagdikian
The United States, along with other major democracies, is moving swiftly toward media control by a handful of gigantic multi-national corporations. Benjamin H. Bagdikian
The [London] Times has made many ministries. Walter Bagehot
We "muckraked" not because we hated our world but because we loved it. Ray Stannard Baker
What the proprietorship of these papers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility—the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. Stanley Baldwin
Journalism is a giant catapult set in motion by pygmy hatreds. Honore de Balzac
I, of course, am not influenced by the television cameras, but some members are. Tony Banks
One picture is worth a thousand words. Fred R. Barnard
Television is the first truly democratic culture—the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. Clive Barnes
[Press] Photographers are the only dictators in America. Celal Bayar
Go out and speak for the inarticulate and submerged. Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook
During the [Communist] party conference [television] should broadcast live from the conference hall. We want to see and hear each "Yea" and "Nay. A. Belov
Write on any subject you choose. There are no taboos except what is prohibited by law and press ethics. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
No other scheme than that of public ownership can insure to the peoples of this country, without regard to class or place, equal enjoyment of the benefits and pleasures of radio broadcasting .... this is not a correctable fault in private ownership; it is an inescapable and inherent demerit of that system. Richard Bedford Bennett
The freedom to persuade and suggest is the essence of the democratic process. Edward L. Bernays
The commercial press is not a free press, and it is not a public service organization. It is business, big business, and as such is motivated by one principle - profit. Jules Bernfeld
People would know virtually nothing about their government were it not for confidential sources who can speak without fear of retaliation. Carl Bernstein
I read the newspapers avidly; it is my one form of continuous fiction. Aneurin Bevan
When I see an idiot in high station I will add such terrors to his elevation as I can. I will put as many thorns in his crown as the leisure that I can snatch from the pressure of other pleasures will permit me to weave in; and neither the deprecation of his friends nor his own retaliatory lies shall stop the good work. Ambrose Bierce
I apologize for what the media has done. Harry A. Blackmun
The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state, but this consists in laying no previous restraints upon publications, and not in freedom from censure for criminal matter when published. William Blackstone
The first responsibility of the press is to use its freedom to protect the rights and liberties of all individuals …. If the occasion arises, raise bloody hell. Herb Block
You’re got to be angry—of course it helps if you can draw pretty well. Herb Block
In Washington, non-attribution is a way of life. Louis Boccardi
The concept that the press is an organ of government policy dies hard. Louis Boccardi
When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog, that is news. John B. Bogart
You're on the elevator of public opinion when you're in the presidency. Richard Bond
A good politician doesn't tell you what he's going to do next. Sonny Bono
You can take a position with the media, but don’t necessarily get in their face. Sonny Bono
How united would the United States be without its newspapers? Boutros Boutros-Ghali
My New Year's resolution is to make sure I genuflect appropriately before the Chicago media on everything I do. Carol Moseley Braun
The decision of what, when, and how to publish is for editors, not judges. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Injecting new ideas into public debate is the supreme function of the newspaper columnist. Politicians and civil servants absolutely will not take the risk. Peter Brimelow
You can get on television all the time if you have the money to buy the time. Ronald H. Brown
The news media more and more considered the politicians to be props in their entertainment shows. Herbert Brownell
The press ... is but the servant of human intellect and its ministry is for good or evil, according to the character of those who direct it. The press is a mill that grinds all that is put into its hopper. Fill the hopper with poisoned grain and it will grind it to meal, but there is death in the bread. William Cullen Bryant
You cannot let America’s destiny be determined by a bunch of foreign journalists. Pat Buchanan
The workers everywhere do not want their sons to die, mangled scraps of flesh … in order to enrich Wall Street. America, keep out of this war! Louis Francis Budenz
Muck-raker John Bunyan
A man that could look no way but downward, with a muckrake in his hand. John Bunyan
The chairman thought it was violent. If he had come from Montana, he wouldn't think it was so violent. Conrad Burns
The press conference is as much a White House fixture as the cabinet meeting. James MacGregor Burns
You're out of business! George W. Bush
A bullpen seething with mischief. George W. Bush
Never answer a hypothetical question. It gets you beyond where you want to be. George W. Bush
Twenty five years in Washington has taught me never to tell a lie to a reporter. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
The media can act like a barrier. We often are communicating with people through the media and not via the media. Alastair Campbell
A free press can of course be good or bad, but most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. Albert Camus
The newspapers of your country seem to be more powerful than the government. Antonio Canovas del Castillo
Burke said there were three estates in Parliament; but in the reporter's gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate more important far than they all. Thomas Carlyle
Compared to Nixon. Jimmy Carter
No news is good news unless you have to fill 5 minutes. Carl Cassell
Commentary sometimes works best when it makes people angry. John Chancellor
The progress of society depends on nothing more than the exposure of time-honored abuses. William Ellery Channing
Every political persuasion has something they want to get off the screen. Peggy Charren
Freedom of the Press and Constitutional Liberty must live or perish together. Salmon P. Chase
[Newspaper] editors print everything they possibly can in large capital letters. Gilbert K. Chesterton
We do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The media are much better at keeping politicians honest and accountable. They are not willing to look the other way as they sometimes have in the past. Jean Chretien
If you say a more outrageous thing than everyone else that day, you're going to get the headlines. Mike Christensen
Most "off the record" never continues to be "off the record. George B. Christian Jr.
… an enemy within the gates, doing more harm than good. Winston Churchill
I am no enthusiast for the TV age, in which I fear mass thought and action will be taken too much in charge of by machinery. Winston Churchill
Those bastards [the press] can rip a single page out of the Bible, and if they play it right, they can make Jesus Christ sound like the devil. Ken Clawson
That sir is a matter of too great importance to discuss in a five minute interview, now rapidly drawing to a close. Grover Cleveland
If you open yourself up to a wade variety of press questions, the press sets the agenda, not you. Eleanor Clift
We have to ask people who produce things [entertainment] to consider their consequence—especially with children. Bill Clinton
It is an occupational hazard to be quoted out of context. Daniel R. Coates
Those who fill a public position must not be too thin-skinned in reference to comments made upon him. Alexander Cockburn
In a television age, the record is lame; it never catches up. Richard Cohen
Despotism can no more exist in a nation until the liberty of the press be destroyed than the night can happen before the sun is set. Charles Caleb Colton
The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master. James Fenimore Cooper
It’s always a danger when an institution like the press becomes disconnected from the people. Matt Cooper
By evil report and by good report. I Book of Corinthians
Thou god of our idolatry, the Press. William Cowper
The nation whose population depends on the explosively compressed headline service of television news can expect to be exploited by the demagogues and dictators who prey upon the semi-informed. Walter Cronkite
And that’s the way it is Walter Cronkite
We can't do the job in a half hour ... Perhaps we're misleading people. Walter Cronkite
1952 was the last year that television covered a political event as if television weren't there. Walter Cronkite
Those whose ox the press gores cry foul every time. Walter Cronkite
The media can make or break an administration. William Crystal
I hesitate to say what the functions of the modern journalist may be; but I imagine that they do not exclude the intelligent anticipation of facts even before they occur. George Nathaniel Curzon; 1st Baron Kedleston
Make the paper interesting. Charles Anderson Dana
A timid question will always receive a confident answer. Charles John Darling
If you write negative things about the civil rights people, God will bless you. If you write positive things about civil rights people, God will punish you. If God does not punish you there are a few people who will do it for Him. Byron De La Beckwith
Nothing is news until it has appeared in the columns of The Times. Ralph Deakin
The media I’ve had a lot to do with is lazy. we fed them and they ate it everyday. Michael Deaver
The first duty of the Press is to obtain the earliest and most correct intelligence of the time, and instantly, by disclosing them to make them the common property of the nation. John T. Delane
We cannot admit that a newspaper's purpose is to share the labors of statesmanship or that it is bound by the same limitations, the same duties, the same liabilities as that of Ministers. The purpose and duties of the two powers are constantly separate, generally independent, sometimes diametrically opposite. The dignity and freedom of the press are trammeled from the moment it accepts an ancillary position. John T. Delane
Most of the media's stories are accurate. My problem is that they are not complete. David Demarest
It's not a very good idea to make an enemy of anyone who buys ink by the barrel. Robert Denniston
NEWS is that which comes from North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point of the compass, then it is a class publication and not news. Benjamin Disraeli
Not many governments are reelected in Canada, against an adversarially hostile media, even when it's a government which has been as productive as yours. ... their power in Canada is as infuriating as it is real. Gerald Doucet
Communism has been so thoroughly exposed in this country that it has been crippled as a political force. Free speech has destroyed it as an effective political party. William O. Douglas
I was taught that newspapers were supposed to find out if rumors were true, and if not, not print them. Dayton Duncan
What is a reporter except a kind of house detective, scavenging through the bureau drawers of men's lives, searching for the minor vice, the half-forgotten lapse that is stored away like a dirty pair of drawers. John Dunne
The political misrepresentation of facts is one of the incidents of a free press in every free country. Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham; Lord Durham
Editors must control broadcasts to prevent information, even accurate, from damaging or alarming the population by its form, presentation or timing. François Duvalier
I had to try and talk in 30 seconds clips. The modern young candidates ... can talk in 10 seconds or 20. You just tell them what you want. The old politicians like me take three weeks to answer a question. Thomas F. Eagleton
You can ask me any question you want, but don't ask me to criticize anyone else. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Truth is the greatest of all national possessions. A state, a people, a system which suppresses the truth or fears to publish it, deserves to collapse. Kurt Eisner
The Constitution does not guarantee objectivity of the press …. The question … is not whether news shall be unprejudiced but rather whose prejudices shall color the news. Morris Ernst
The press must be free; it has always been so and much evil has been corrected by it. If Government finds itself annoyed by it, let it examine its own conduct and it will find the cause. Thomas Erskine
I am one of the few men in public life who doesn't complain much about his treatment as the hands of the press. The press takes me to task every once in a while, but they have always been very kind, not attributing my hypocrisy to bad motives. They have always attributed it to a lack of mental capacity. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
If you don't think a television news show represents the truth, you can turn off your TV. If you don't think a magazine represents the truth, you can cancel your subscription. You have the right to expose yourself to whatever information you want. But to have the government prescribing what the truth is or limiting the information available for the citizen is contrary to the 1st Amendment. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Once one news organization goes with it, it's tough to keep the lid on [a rumor]. Susan Estrich
[Ronald Reagan] turned the White House into a soft focus TV studio. Harold Evans
The camera cannot lie. But it can be an accessory to untruth. Harold Evans
What you have to deal with … is a determined attempt by Press agitation and abuse to exercise an unlawful influence on the decisions of the government authorities. Erich von Falkenhayn
The journalistic traits that are valued on TV and radio talk shows are destructive to democracy. James Fallows
The fourth estate which if not well looked to, will turn us all out of doors. Lucius Clay Faulkland
I make it all up, and all of it is true. Jules Feiffer
I have to always worry about my credibility in the black community, realizing that as a black columnist working for a white-owned newspaper, I can easily be dismissed as "the white man's tool. Dorothy Gilliam
This [the Bush administration] is a print administration, not a television administration. Newt Gingrich
Do something good and you won’t make page one. Find something bad and you might make page one. Newt Gingrich
Practice whatever the big truth is so that you can say it in forty seconds on camera. Newt Gingrich
The Washington press corps is all too often the Praetorian Guard of the left. Newt Gingrich
With the instrument of radio you can make public opinion. Perhaps even conquer a country. Joseph Goebbels
Not every item of news should be published: rather those who control news policies endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose. Joseph Goebbels
Anybody can write the first two acts of a revolutionary play. It is the last act, the act that resolves the conflicts, that has baffled almost every revolutionary playwright. For you can’t really say that there has been a victorious Communist revolution in this country [America.] Michael Gold
Where there is official censorship it is a sign that speech is serious. Paul Goodman
A magazine, a publishing house, or a newspaper is not a personal affair; it is the affair of the party. Mikhail Gorbachev
Nor do I believe that we should be impartial about certain things like racialism, or extreme forms of political belief. Hugh Carleton Greene
Television today is the stage on which the drama of politics is played out. Jeff Greenfield
In my experience those who know don’t talk and those who talk don’t know. Linda Greenglass
I spend a substantial amount of my time endeavoring to fend off questions, and worry terribly that I might end up being too clear. Alan Greenspan
What matters to the press matters perforce to politicians. William Greider
I could satisfy the French press any day, by saying that we entirely agreed with their view. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Printing made us all readers. Xeroxing made us all publishers. Television made us all viewers. Digitization makes us all broadcasters. Lawrence Grossman
In Washington, excessive cynicism is the most prevalent form of naivete. I just wish reporters were as skeptical about bad news as they are about good news. Barney Frank
The highest power of television journalism is not the transmission of information but the transmission of experience. Reuven Frank
Divining the future is a lot easier and cheaper than documenting the present. Max Frankel
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself, but a means to the end of a free society. Felix Frankfurter
In a world where we are all so much more interconnected, the ability to read the connections, and to connect the dots, is the real value added provided by a journalist. Thomas Friedman
When it comes to the media, the Congress is no match for the President. Sarah Fritz
Today, no country can ever truly cut itself off from the global media or from external sources of information. Trends that start in one corner of the world are rapidly replicated thousands of miles away. Francis Fukuyama
In newspaper literature woman made her entrance at an early period and in an important manner. The first daily newspaper in the world was established and edited by a woman, Elizabeth Malet, in London, March, 1702. It was called The Daily Courant. Matilda Joslyn Gage
The chief danger which threatens the influence and honor of the press is the tendency of its liberty to degenerate into license. James A. Garfield
Leadership and strength are the key phrases of presidential politics. Howard Fineman
Not in my lifetime. Marlin Fitzwater
Some of us do well on the television screen and some don’t, which is why I’m in the print business. Steve Forbes
[Drew] Pearson and [Walter] Winchell are a high price to pay for freedom of the press, but I guess you've got to do it. James Forrestal
Afro-American T. Thomas Fortune
Contrary to right-wing mythology, the press was not an institution dominated by leftists but a creature of the very richest of the rich and mightiest of the mighty in American society.... While the press shaped mass opinion, it reflected elite opinion. Mark Hertsgaard
There’s not a single question about television that can’t be answered in one word: money. Don Hewitt
The organization of our press has truly been a success. Our law concerning the press is such that divergences of opinion between members of the government are no longer an occasion for public exhibitions, which are not the newspapers' business. Adolf Hitler
The state must not ... let itself be confused by the drivel about so-called "freedom of the press," ... it must make sure of this instrument of popular education, and place it in the service of the state. Adolf Hitler
So you're from the press? Well, your newspapers can all go to hell. You lied yesterday and you're getting ready to lie again today. Go climb down my back. Daniel Webster Hoan
A laboring man now hardly goes to work until he has read the news. James Hobart; Second Earl of Buckinghampshire
One may criticize even what one reveres. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The United States may give up the Post Office when it sees fit, but while it carries it on, the use of the mails is almost as much a part of free speech as the right to use our tongues. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The President of the United States will not stand and be questioned like a chicken thief by men whose names he does not even know. Herbert Hoover
The fact that the liberty of the press may be abused by miscreant purveyors of scandal does not make any the less necessary the immunity of the press. Charles Evans Hughes
Scandal [criticism and slander] against the great, though seldom prosecuted at present, is however, in the eye of the law, a great crime, and subjects the offender to very heavy penalties. David Hume
Violent content on television is more dangerous to children than indecency. Reed Hundt
View talk radio not as entertainment but as a tool for organizing and action. Earl Jackson
Television has shortened our political discourse. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Visual images [in TV political advertising] have the capacity of disassociating themselves from their source. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
During this course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety. Thomas Jefferson
The firmness with which the people have withstood the late abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything true and false, and to form a correct judgment between them. Thomas Jefferson
The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. Thomas Jefferson
[Commenting on Shays' Rebellion:] The way to prevent these regular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro' the channel of the public papers, and to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. Thomas Jefferson
From forty years' experience of the wretched guess-work of the newspapers of what is not done in the open daylight, and of their falsehood even as to that, I rarely think them worth reading, and almost never worth notice. Thomas Jefferson
No government ought to be without censors: & where the press is free, no one ever will. Thomas Jefferson
The basis of our government's being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter. Thomas Jefferson
Let’s get real. It does make a difference what children see on television. Mae Jemison
History must only guess at the effect that television would have had during earlier conflicts over the future of the nation. Lyndon B. Johnson
I can't deal with all her questions and also be President. Lyndon B. Johnson
I don't give a piss if I get into the afternoon papers. Lyndon B. Johnson
Somebody ought to do on article on you, on your damn profession, your 1st Amendment. Lyndon B. Johnson
The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character. Lyndon B. Johnson
This man here [Walter Lippmann] is the greatest journalist in the world, and he's a friend of mine. Lyndon B. Johnson
Be it true or false, so it be news. Ben Jonson
[Journalists are] more attentive to the minute hand of history than to the hour hand. Desmond Sir MacCarthy
I have read a great number of press reports and find comfort in the fact that they are nearly always conflicting. Harold MacMillan
Heavy media attention legitimates anything … Robert MacNeil
A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both ... And a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power that knowledge gives. James Madison
To the press alone, chequred as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity, over error and oppression. James Madison
In America a reporter thinks first of the story. But in Japan, if someone is covering political issues for a long time, he thinks first of the national interest, second about his company and third about his job as a reporter. Takeshi Maezawa
The real problem ... is to get to this unfair [press] coverage.... Use the anti-trust division [of the Justice Department] to investigate various media relating to anti-trust violations. Even the threat of anti-trust action I think would be effective in changing their views ... Jeb Stuart Magruder
Prime Minister’s Question time is very different from anything in America. It is something that fortunately your President does not have to face. John Major
Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse. Janet Malcolm
The few ... being closely combined ... inploy no printers [journalists and writers] but those that will adhear strictly to their vuies and interests. William Manning
A labouring man ... read and study halfe his time, and then be at a loss to know what is true and what not. Thus the few have almost ruined the Libberty of the press. William Manning
Fakery in allegiance to the truth. March of Time
In all the nations of the earth, where presses are known, some correction of licentiousness has been indispensable. John Marshall
Of all newspaper presses, I never heard anyone deny that the American is the worst.... [N]othing is easier than to make the people know only one side of a question; few things are easier than to keep them altogether from the knowledge of any particular affair; and, worse than all, on them [the American people] may easily be practiced the discovery that lies may work their intended effect, before the truth can overtake them. It is hard to tell which is worse; the wide diffusion of things that are not true or the suppression of things that are. Harriet Martineau
To say that the newspaper press represents public opinion is to administer insult to intelligent men. It is the property of speculators, political leaders, large contractors and railway directors. Karl Marx
That the freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotick governments. George Mason
Reporters are like blackbirds sitting on a telephone wire. One flies off and they all fly off. One flies back and they all fly back. Eugene McCarthy
He [President John F. Kennedy] was very well informed. I think that's why he wasn't afraid of the press. Sarah McClendon
Not knowing the answer is better than consciously misleading. Michael D. McCurry
Only fools answer hypothetical questions. Michael D. McCurry
Why do you ask me a question like that, when you know you’re not going to get an answer that’s going to be useful to anyone? Michael D. McCurry
Candor helps a lot. Michael D. McCurry
We [journalists] have a tendency to go on talking even when we have nothing to say. Mary McGrory
The reason why my strip is important is not what I say, it’s that I say it in The Washington Post. It’s the channels of distribution that make it important. There’s a million people writing [stuff] in their basement. Great, but the relevance [of my work] is that everyone is reading it. Aaron McGruder
Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America—not on the battlefields of Vietnam. Marshall McLuhan
Stop crapping all over my husband. Maureen McTeer
Don't you ever ask me for a true statement again! Evan Mecham
I have refused to bend under the constant drumbeat and media attention. Edwin Meese
It is the business of the journalist … to stand in permanent Opposition. H. L. Mencken
Television is the medium through which society communicates its democratic values. Howard M. Metzenbaum
I feel genuinely sad and bewildered about news reports that are not true. Michiko
Politicians generally don’t volunteer for press encounters they can’t control. Matthew Miller
Evil news rides post, while good news baits. John Milton
... the greatest discouragement and affront that can be offered to learning and to learned men .... More than if some enemy at sea should stop up all our havens and ports, it [licensing] hinders and retards importation of our richest Merchandise, Truth. John Milton
Sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there without a book, magazine, newspaper, profit-and-loss sheet or rating book to distract you—and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland. Newton N. Minow
All that crap, you're putting in the paper ... Katie Graham is gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that's published. John N. Mitchell
I'd have to set my hair on fire to get on the news. Walter F. Mondale
Persecuted truth has triumphed everywhere over protected and powerful error. Charles Montalembert
The public interest is not defined as what is interesting to the public. Kenneth Morgan
Then there is the newspaper press, that huge engine for making the political test final. John Morley
How do you know the news is reliable if you didn’t gather it yourself? Bruce Morton
So many in the press turn gossip into gasoline and keep pouring it on the fire. Bill Moyers
Our job [White House press secretaries] is to serve the interest of the President while recognizing the interests of the press. Bill Moyers
Television has become the primary precinct of politics. Bill Moyers
I hope we can use television somehow to begin to reengage people in this conversation of democracy. Bill Moyers
What draws the press is conflict, corruption and scandal. Bill Moyers
The Washington Post is the first and prime source of information for the national government.... It can come very close to setting the nation's agenda. Roger Mudd
Journalists follow authority as sharks follow a liner, dining on the scraps that are thrown overboard. Malcolm Muggeridge
Most of us probably feel we couldn't be free without newspapers, and that is the real reason we want the newspapers to be free. Edward R. Murrow
The press tends to reflect what's important to the country. Edmund S. Muskie
We should leave this archaic, developing world mentality behind. If you want to be a developed country, you have to learn to cope with the media. Chandra Muzaffar
The highest reach of a news-writer is an empty reasoning on policy, and vain conjectures on the public management. Jean de la Bruyere
There is nothing unnatural about kissing. If more husbands would learn from the stage and pictures just how to kiss, and then go home and practice on their wives, there would be happier homes and fewer divorces. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Our press has too much freedom …. Democracy is a very lovely thing for a developed people. Nasri Lahoud
Newspapers always excite curiosity. Charles Lamb
A people without reliable news is, sooner or later, a people without the basis of freedom. Harold J. Laski
Let's call down God's power on the media. John Law
The freedom of the press throughout the world where the capitalists rule, is the freedom to buy up papers, the freedom to buy writers, to buy and manufacture public opinion in the interest of the capitalists. Vladimir Lenin
Radio and films, and now television, open for us a window onto everything that goes on throughout the world: the events—and the ideas too—of all humanity invade our homes day after day Rene Levesque
Journalism is now not only reflecting what is happening, it is affecting what is happening. Governments all over the world watch CNN. Gerald Levin
The one thing talk radio does that is positive is that it finds the rage bubbling underneath the surface and allows people to see that they're not the only ones who feel that way. Tom Leykis
The essence of squatter or popular sovereignty—I don't care how you call it—is that if one man chooses to make a slave of another, no third man shall be allowed to object. Abraham Lincoln
Those villainous reporters [Stephen] Douglas has with him. Abraham Lincoln
When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. Walter Lippmann
Without criticism and reliable and intelligent reporting, the government cannot govern. Walter Lippmann
If the press doesn’t get the proper care and feeding, you don’t get the proper spin on your story. Craig Livingston
Half of my job is to help build public support for the President’s agenda. Joe Lockhart
I expect to be more specific about how specific we will be in the future. Joe Lockhart
Television’s a funny thing. You can be edited in ways that makes you appear to say what you didn’t say. Joe Lockhart
As a rule I don't care a damn what any crooked newspaperman says about me, because they're mostly goddamn liars. Huey P. Long
He surprised me. I need a day to surprise him. John F. Kennedy
I am not so much concerned with the right of everyone to say anything he pleases as I am about our need as a self-governing people to hear everything relevant John F. Kennedy
Maybe if you had printed more about the [Bay of Pigs] operation, you would have saved us from a colossal mistake. John F. Kennedy
Well, any time they would like to take over this job, they can have it. John F. Kennedy
An ordinance that permits a mayor to say yes to a friendly [news]paper and no to a critical paper is an ordinance that has to fall. James L. Kilpatrick
The fact that television is raising our moral conscience is a good thing. Henry A. Kissinger
Why on earth does anybody watch that stuff [television violence]? C. Everett Koop
When there is a conflict between a [network] corporation and the needs of it’s news division, the corporate interest will win out. Ted Koppel
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country-and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. Charles Krauthammer
Warning: This ad has not been cleared for truth and fairness as ads for commercial products are. Alex Kroll
Sitting in marble corridors waiting for important people to lie to you. Russell Baker
We cover Congress only when it gets to the final vote on something, too late for the public to respond. Walter Cronkite
American newspapers disregard principles to seize on people, following them into their private lives and laying bare their weaknesses and their vices. Alexis de Tocqueville
The suppression of the Socialist press has actually been more rapid and efficient in this republic than it was in the German Empire after the declaration of war. And as for our celebrated Anglo-Saxon tradition of free speech—you can’t even collect your thoughts without getting arrested for unlawful assemblage! Max Eastman
Obviously, as somebody who is famous, I have a particular responsibility Jane Fonda
The Arab Press is a deeply distorted lens. Thomas Friedman
If it sounds like I’m trying to dodge the question, It’s probably because I am. Ed Gillespie
Journalist, in my opinion, are mediators between the Information Age and our democracy. Vartan Gregorian
Television looked at politicians and saw a bottomless pit of advertising. Don Hewitt
The press has, at present, a great influence over public questions; and by far the greater and more influential part of it is engaged on the side of the capitalist. Thomas Hodgskin
Hunker down like a jackass in a hail storm and wait till the wind stops blowing. Lyndon B. Johnson
The function of a newspaper in a democracy is to stand as a sort of chronic opposition to the reigning quacks. H. L. Mencken
A threat to national security which has to be silenced Jonathan Moyo
Arabs can be much more critical of their governments when they are outside of Arab countries. Salameh Nematt
I will not have New York Times muck-racking the President of the United States. James Reston
If you see anything scary on television, you can turn it off. Fred Rogers
Past occurrences have generally shown that there hasn’t been satisfaction from politicians in the manner they were covered [by the press.] Davey Sakala
By choice, polls validate the media’s filtered view of the world. Marc Sapir
Great reporters get people to talk to them. Master reporters get people to want to talk to them. John Stacks
The Press is reducing everything that is noblest and impressive in modern life into terms of Press photographs and Press interviews. In fact they try to dominate everything. How can you concentrate on the solemnity of a scene when you have men with cameras in every direction, whose sole object is to get as near as they can to the central figures? How can you be impressed as much as you would like to be by what is said, when you know that all round you are people taking notes, and that the people who are speaking know that they are taking notes. One or two reporters, for the sake of preserving a record, would not be so bad. But they have to be dealt with in armies nowadays. The Press is destroying all romance, all solemnity, all majesty. They are as unscrupulous as they are vulgar. Frances Stevenson
Theodore Roosevelt ... had become uneasy at the effect on the public of the periodical press's increasing criticisms and investigations of business and political abuses Ida Tarbell
The more complex our world becomes, the more we rely on that electronic window to help us process it all. And the greater the responsibility we must shoulder to see that it is used as fairly as it is fearlessly. Ted Turner
The United States is the only nation in the world whose entire culture was formed entirely in the age of print. James H. Billington
If it doesn’t happen on television, it doesn’t happen. John Paul II
Newspapers at that time did not necessarily try to flatter those in power. Rather, they wrote to please readers. I may sound evasive. but there certainly existed some kind of mechanism that aggravated the situation through subtle interactions between newspapers and the public. Readers were waiting for articles reporting the exploits of the victorious Imperial Forces, Newspapers indulged themselves in a competition to appear more patriotic and to see who could print the most articles urging and exalting victory. Newspaper companies cooperated through the dispatch of entertainers, calls for patriotic songs, campaigns for contributions to build more airplanes, and various other ways. The heavy responsibility that the newspapers bear is second only to that of the government. Seiryu Hata
Newspapers form public opinion, but public opinion also influences newspapers. The general masses are not like horses that can be tamed and trained to do their masters bidding. Seiryu Hata
Printing means democracy because it brings knowledge within the reach of the common people, and knowledge, in the long run, is sure to make good its claim to power. Charles Horton Cooley
Men knew little, formerly, of what was passing beyond . . . their own immediate neighborhood, but now, through the . . . newspapers . . . town and country, state and nation, and the most distant parts of the world are brought together, and whatever is new, rare and important, is conveyed with rapidity to every reader . . . set forth in the most succinct manner, and in a style adapted to the comprehension of all. Southern Quarterly Review
The American might be defined as a newspaper-reading animal. Edward James Stephen Dicey
Many newspapers have become players as well as spectators in the political debate. Alastair Campbell
The United States has made it through more than 200 years without ever finding it necessary to prosecute a journalist for soliciting a public employee to disclose confidential national security information. Geoffrey Stone
I simply say 'God damn them all,' and then I sleep like a baby. Winston Churchill
Let us declare through the public journals of our country, that the question of Slavery is not and shall not be open to discussion; that the system is too deep-rooted among us, and must remain forever; that the very moment any private individual attempts to lecture us upon its evils and immorality, and the necessity of putting means in operation to secure us from them, in the same moment his tongue shall be cut out and cast upon the dunghill. Columbia Telescope
I must warn the French not to confuse the newspaper clamor with the voice of the English proletariat which, unfortunately for the two countries, Ireland and England, has no echo in the English press. Jenny Marx Longuet
… the inversion of a lot of reality John McLaughlin
Abolition editors in slave States will not dare to avow their opinions. It would be instant death to them Missouri Argus
INTERESTING FROM CALIFORNIA—We have received some late and interesting intelligence from California. It is to the 1st of July. Owing to the crowded state of our columns, we are obliged to omit our correspondence. It relates to the important discovery of a very valuable gold mine. We have received a specimen of the gold. New York Herald
The first and most important factor is product quality. It is enough to open any number of any newspaper to be convinced that matters here are truly catastrophic. No agitational, administrative, or legal measures can halt this steady deterioration of quality …. we are dealing not with individual defects, but with the systematic production of defective products (brak). The ash content of coal has been rising sharply, in some cases reaching 18 per cent. Only twenty per cent of bricks will support the established load norms. The situation in light industry is even worse, where the textile industry has set a record. According to frequently quoted data, brak among “clean” products (i.e., those that have slipped through quality control) averages fifty per cent for the various [textile] trusts Christian Rakovsky
All collective action, such as declarations, or even petitions, are prohibited in Russia; the Government, by an official fiction is supposed to know all the needs of its subjects Vera J. Zasulich
The entire press of our propertied class speaks only by permission of the government, becoming silent at the slightest nod. At the present time the whole Russian press is prohibited by the Government not only from speaking on the labor question, but even to publish such words as “labor question” or “proletariat”. The working class only uses the free press it has itself created, regarding it as valuable enough to be worth risking imprisonment for. Vera J. Zasulich
The media is like the terrain and weather. It is a fact; it's nothing you can change. You have to learn to deal with it. And it isn't bad or good, it's just there. I don't think we should put limits on the press, unless it's for security reasons or for reasons of risk in the case of an operation. We value freedom of the press. It's something we are fighting for. It's part of the constitutional rights that we swear our allegiance to. We just have to accept it and learn to deal with it in a right way, and give and take. Anthony Zinni
FDR’s War Plans Chicago Tribune
Try not to offend someone who writes a weekly column. Robert E. Rubin
Don’t do or say things you would not like to see on the front page of the Washington Post. Donald Rumsfeld
Media creates awareness [and] ensures transparency and accountability. Mian Muhammed Javed
Flamboyance causes people to notice you—particularly press people. Willie Brown
I wish that the television would show the long shot. They show you an angry mob violently protesting. But if you look at a long shot, you see that it is 10 idiots in a parking lot. Salmon Rushde
Other reasons for requiring press officers to review interview requests were to have an orderly flow of information out of a sprawling agency and to avoid surprises. This is not about any individual or any issue like global warming. It's about coordination. Dean Acosta
This process of censorship is in direct opposition to the most fundamental precepts of science. James E. Hanson
The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. Hugo Black
Listen, we’re making good progress in Iraq. Sometimes its hard to tell it when you listen to the filter. George W. Bush
In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The pages of swiftly-appearing newspapers are indeed the mirror of the world. They reflect the deeds and the pursuits of diverse peoples and kindreds. They both reflect them and make them known. They are a mirror endowed with hearing, sight and speech. This is an amazing and potent phenomenon. However, it behooveth the writers thereof to be purged from the promptings of evil passions and desires and to be attired with the raiment of justice and equity. They should enquire into situations as much as possible and ascertain the facts, then set them down in writing. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
When you see yourself quoted in print and you're sorry you said it, it suddenly becomes a misquotation. Laurence J. Peter
Yellow journalism is defined by prominent headlines that screamed excitement, often about comparatively unimportant news; a lavish use of pictures, many of them without significance; faked interviews and stories; a Sunday supplement and color comics; and a more or less ostentatious sympathy with the 'underdog,' with campaigns against abuses suffered by the common people. Frank Luther Mott
… yellow journalism Ervin Wardman
Television is to news as a bumper sticker is to Shakespeare. Mike Rosen
I don't believe in that "no comment" business. I always have a comment. Martha Mitchell
Out of the gobbledygook comes a very clear thing: you can't trust the government; you can't believe what they say; and you can't rely on their judgment. And the implicit infallibility of presidents, which has been an accepted thing in America, is badly hurt by this, because it shows that people do things the President wants to do even though it's wrong, and the President can be wrong. H. R. Haldeman
… the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell. Hugo Black
Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people Hugo Black
The news and truth are not the same thing. Walter Lippmann
Reality is often measurably different from the perception projected through the media. But the speed of that projection, and thus of that perception and of the public’s response thereto, is such that policy must now be made in response not to the reality but to the perception. Thus the media have the power (consciously or not) to create a perception that can force a response which objectively becomes "reality" but which may have nothing to do with the original "real" reality. This contributes not only to the appearance of chaos but also to the making of crises. Linda Killen
There has been a reflex throughout the history of modern news: When the country goes to war, so do the major news organizations. They consider it ‘patriotic.’ But it is dubious patriotism that abandons citizens in unnecessary ignorance of critical information…The before-and-after picture of U.S. officialdom presents a stark lesson of the tragedies of war and propaganda repeated in the major media. Benjamin H. Bagdikian
It is a miracle that I am alive today. Anna Politkovskaya
I did not see my job as Press Secretary as to help the press. My job was to help get Tony Brown and the Labour Party elected. Alastair Campbell
No presses should be set up or used except those in London and one in the University at Cambridge and one at the University in Oxford. That every printer should within 10 days render an inventory of his implements; upon pain to the delinquent of having the same utterly demolished, and of being imprisoned twelve months … no press should be set up in any obscure place; upon pain to the offender of imprisonment for one year, and also of being disabled forever from using his trade ..:. No new presses should be set up, and that none set up within the six months last past should be used, until their excessive number should have been so reduced as might seem good to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London ; upon pain to the offender of the destruction of his implements, and of imprisonment for a year : That no one should print any book against the meaning of any law of the realm or injunction of her Majesty, nor should any one print any book at all unless the same be first read by the- Archbishop of Canterbury or by, the Bishop of London ; under pain to the printer in either case of being disabled from any practice of printing and of being imprisoned six months: That sellers or binders of any such books should be imprisoned three months: And that the wardens of the Company of Stationers might search for all such books wherever they should have reasonable cause of suspicion, and destroy all presses and other instruments set up or used contrary to the meaning of this decree. John Whitgift
The press are the representative of the people and they have a right to know, but they don’t have the right to know right now…. There is an art to telling the truth slowly. Joe Lockhart
Misunderstanding is the great enemy of every White House press secretary. Tony Snow
The massacre... should be the daily theme of the Press until the murderers are brought to justice.... Every man in Manchester who avows his opinions on the necessity of reform, should never go unarmed – retaliation has become a duty, and revenge an act of justice Richard Carlile
Newspapers are a surprisingly good business in a country (Saudi Arabia) where the truth is so carefully guarded. Members of the royal family, Al Saud, are obsessively concerned about their image; they own or control most of the Saudi press, which dominates the Arab world. Within the kingdom, there are more than a dozen papers on the newsstands every morning. The most authoritative of them, and the most progressive, … are owned by Saudi princes but published in London. They are constrained by the same taboos that cripple all Saudi publications, however: nothing provocative can be said about Islam, the kingdom’s official religion; the government, which is effectively led by Crown Prince Abdullah; or the royal family, which is headed by King Fahd. Lawrence Wright
These same people that tolerate the real violence of war don't want to see the result of it on the nightly news. Unlike the rest of the world, our news coverage of this war remains sanitized, without a glimpse of the blood and gore inflicted upon our soldiers or the women and children in Iraq. Violence as a concept, an abstraction – it's very strange Tim Robbins
Pakistan is an anomaly in the Islamic world, in the sense that there is a free press, which is amazing. I can't think of another Islamic country where the press is so free….one cannot claim that there is no fear. There is fear, but more and more people are saying what they want to say Khaled Ahmed
Arab media is market driven like the American media. It does not so much shape public opinion as much as it reflects it. Hafez Al-Mirazi
As to the journalist himself, it is clear that to get a living he must write to order, that is, he must write in accordance with the views of his paper, in so far as he writes at all on current topics. E. Belfort Bax
Meanwhile “our” troops during the past month, have been again at their congenial occupation of slaughtering native children and burning villages E. Belfort Bax
No greater or more unwarrantable restriction on freedom of speech or writing is, to our thinking, conceivable than this law of libel and slander. E. Belfort Bax
The middle and upper classes having control of the means of distribution can generally succeed in smothering an organ which is offensive to them at birth by a perfectly well-known and organized system of boycotting, and in the few cases where they cannot effect this, can at least reduce its sale by three-fourths through the same means; in any case “respectable” and paying firms will decline to use it as an advertising medium, thereby cutting off its one chance of success as a financial speculation. E. Belfort Bax
Bloggers want all the access and none of the accountability. Connie Schultz
The U-Tube Moment: The cameras are always on. David Brody
What we watch on television, we approve. J. C. Watts
It’s hard to absorb the horrors of the world on a daily basis. David Brancaccio
If we shake the pillar of a free and objective press, we're harming our American national interests. Youssef M. Ibrahim
It is a newspaper's duty to print the news and raise hell. Wilbur F. Storey
The job of a political correspondent is the challenge the people in power. If you are in power, I will challenge you. Sam Donaldson
The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state; but this consists in laying no previous restraints upon publications; and not in freedom from censure for criminal matter when published. Henry Schofield
Liberty of the press is a privilege to publish, with impunity, falsehood on matters of public concern, in the honest belief it is truth, with good motives, for justifiable ends Henry Schofield
… to gag us from speaking truth, and discovering the tyrannies of bad men. John Lilburne
Punishing libels public or private is foolish, because it does not answer the end, and because the end is a bad one, if it could be answered. James Burgh
Fox Televison News is reaching Third Reich standards of media coverage of world affairs. Tariq Ali
Freedom of the press, printing, publication and mass media shall be guaranteed. Censorship on newspapers is forbidden as well as notifying, suspending or cancelling them by administrative methods. In a state of emergency or in time of war a limited censorship may be imposed on the newspapers, publications and mass media in matters related to public safety or purposes of national security in accordance with the law. Egypt
No more Nixon jokes. He’s a sick man. Johnny Carson
Take press coverage seriously but not personally Hillary Clinton
Nobody believes an official spokesman. Everybody believes an unnamed source. Ron Nesson
Turner, forget it. We don't go in for that kind of crap that you have back in New York -- of being obliged to print both sides. We're going to beat this son-of-a-bitch Sinclair any way we can. We're going to kill him. Kyle Palmer
The sports pages record man’s accomplishments. The front pages record his failures. Earl Warren
The religious people in Saudi Arabia are very powerful and don't allow anyone to step on their toes. Ibrahim Nawar
I do not want to see any more articles criticizing Wahhabism or Ibn Taimaya. Nayef Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud
If it bleeds, it leads. Anonymous
But 'tis pity the Press should come into a Party-strife: This is like two Parties going to War, and one depriving the other of all their Powder and Shot. Ammunition stands always Neuter, or rather, Jack a both Sides, every body has it, and then they get the Victory who have most Courage to use it, and Conduct to manage it. Daniel Defoe
God and Liberty Hughes Felicite Robert de Lamennais
It is necessary today to have money, much money, to enjoy the right to speak . . . Silence to the poor! Hughes Felicite Robert de Lamennais
No publication which appears in the form of daily issues, or as a serial not exceeding twenty sheets of printed matter, shall go to press in any state of the union without the previous knowledge and approval of the state officials. Klemens von Metternich
You could put it that way if you wanted to cause people concern. On the other hand, you could report it as I said it. Donald Rumsfeld
I have found that there are moments when someone uses language that sears itself into the head [of the listener]. Those are the moments I look for. Robert U. Woodward
The end of bad news is always good news. Mark Shields
The relationship between the press and the president is always inherently bad; it's never good. Stewart Alsop
We have pledged our honor that the paper we edit will discuss any subject we have a mind. ... Jane Grey Swisshelm
Popular movements respond to the ups and downs of the headlines, to some extent Immanuel Wallerstein
Government has an obligation not to inhibit the collection and dissemination of news…. I’m convinced that if reporters should ever lose the right to protect the confidentiality of their sources then serious investigative reporting will simply dry up. Nelson A. Rockefeller
My retirement will make no difference in [the newspaper’s] cardinal principles, that it will always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty. Joseph Pulitzer
Television is the medium through which 80 percent of the people see their leaders….They get all their information about their government and their leaders from television. Michael Deaver
The White House expansion to control the entire corpus of the News was the direct result of television. Reuven Frank
In order to govern you have to feed the news cycle Dee Dee Myers
The media have disproportionate control of the information in our society. Oliver Stone
Of all times in time of war the press should be free. William E. Borah
Nobody believes an official spokesman. Everybody believes an unnamed source. Ron Nesson
A Marxist could not open a newspaper without finding on every page confirming evidence for his interpretation of history; not only in the news, but also in its presentation — which revealed the class bias of the paper — and especially of course what the paper did not say. Karl Popper
Our job is to get as close to the verified truth as is possible. Bill Moyers
In politics, you don’t have to love the press; you don’t even have to like the press, but you sure as hell have to feed the press. Ron Nesson
The easiest way to get on television these days is to be extremely rude. Barack Obama
Editorialists who tell downright lies in order to advance their own agendas do more to discredit the press than all the censors in the world. Franklin D. Roosevelt
It’s a lot easier and cheaper to have thumbsuckers and pundits on television than it is to have reporters and news bureaus around the world. Walter Isaacson
Television changes you. Therefore it is important what you watch and when you watch. Meryl Streep
In politics there is a lot of spin—a lot of BS. My job is to cut through the BS. Mike Luckovich
I can’t report on this story. I’ve never been so angry in my life. I want to go get ‘em Tim Russert
I get my information from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Fox News. Sharron Angle
You can say something from a public toilet and the whole world will know because the media will be there. Vladimir Putin
The primary purpose of the media is to mobilize support for the controlling interests. Noam Chomsky
Our government has become too responsive to trivial or ephemeral concerns, often at the expense of more important concerns or an erosion of our liberty, and it has made policy priorities more dependent on where TV journalists happen to point their cameras.... William A. Niskanen
Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of every thing; and in no instance is this more true than in that of the press. It has accordingly been decided, by the practice of the states, that it is better to leave a few of its noxious branches to their luxuriant growth, than, by pruning them away, to injure the vigor of those yielding the proper fruits. And can the wisdom of this policy be doubted by any one who reflects that to the press alone, checkered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression? James Madison
The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself George Seldes
The press deserved the attacks and criticisms of Will Irwin (1910) and Upton Sinclair (1920) and the muckrakers who followed, and it needs today the watchdog and gadfly activities of the new critical weeklies, but all in all it is now a better medium of mass information.... The 1972 Watergate disclosures, it is true, were made by only a score of the members of the mass media, but I remember Teapot Dome when only one of our 1,750 dailies (the Albuquerque Morning Journal) dared to tell the truth about White House corruption. We have come a long way since. George Seldes
The worst thing about this modern world is that people think you get killed on television with zero pain and zero blood. It must enter into kids' heads that it's not very messy to kill somebody, and it doesn't hurt that much. That's a real sickness to me. That's a real sick thing. David Lynch
I don’t care if you fuck the elephants, but if you do, you can’t cover the circus. Abe Rosenthal
Reporters were all part of the war effort. They went along with it, and not only that, they abetted it.…It is in the things not mentioned that the untruth lies.…They wrote only a part of the war John Steinbeck
The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power. Henry A. Wallace
In this era of instant communications, the people want instant results. James L. Oberstar
When we hear news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation. Voltaire
Evil news fly faster still than good. Thomas Kyd
The newspaper is in all its literalness the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct Walter Lippmann
Minimum information given with maximum politeness. Jacqueline Kennedy
blabbercasters John Leonard
The 1st Amendment does not mandate that the press be accurate. Nat Hentoff
There is no lie too improbable, no distortion too great, no smear campaign too dirty for the State Department and the media to embrace. Jesse Helms
Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war. William Randolph Hearst
There is good news tonight. Gabriel Heatter
The newspaper is a moral force second only to the church. It is a political power superior to parties. It is an instrument of justice coequal with the court. William Randolph Hearst
The [motion picture] screen will most securely establish itself as an accepted and useful factor in national life in proportion as it shall recognize its duty … Warren G. Harding
The question before the court and you, gentlemen of the jury, is not of small or private concern. It is not the cause of a poor printer, nor of New York alone, which you are trying. No. It may in its consequences affect every freeman that lives under British government on the main of America. It is the best cause. It is the cause of liberty. And I make no doubt but your upright conduct, this day, will not only entitle you to the love and esteem of your fellow citizens, but every man who prefers freedom to a life of slavery will bless and honor you as men who have baffled the attempt at tyranny and who, by an impartial and uncorrupt verdict, have laid a noble foundation for securing to ourselves and our posterity and our neighbors that to which nature and the laws of our country have given us a right—the liberty both of exposing and opposing arbitrary power by speaking and writing the truth. Andrew Hamilton
The loss of liberty to a generous mind is worse than death. Andrew Hamilton
If any [news]paper should print in gigantic type, "The cholera has come," I believe half its readers would be in collapse before tea time. Abraham Oakey Hall
The Year of the Talking Head L. Patrick Devlin
Television, with its triple advantages of sight, sound and motion, can make or break a candidate, a party or a platform. In my opinion television must not be considered as supplementary media but as the heart of your program to “win friends and influence people. Sigurd S. Larmon
My sources are unreliable but their information is fascinating Ashleigh Brilliant
The only antidote to the magic of images is the magic of words Camille Paglia
The Press has not only a great influence over our manners and morals, but contributes largely to our pleasures. Thomas Paine
Truth is not half way between right and wrong; Robert Reich
Media technology had a vital and changing role in the struggle against apartheid. During the Sharpeville shooting, a newsreel stringer raced to the township.  He seems to have shot no more than one roll of film, 100 feet, two and a half minutes, of which only about 65 feet are extant. Arriving at the mopping up stage, the few images he shot are devastating.  Dead women and men are sprawled in their own blood; a dazed and wounded man sits on the ground, unable to get up.  A body is being lifted into a truck; a group of four black men are carrying a corpse in a sheet, under the supervision of a policeman with a sjambok, a giant whip. These were images that constituted irrefutable evidence of the lethal nature of South African racism, and they became part of the anti-apartheid propaganda arsenal for the next decades Peter Davis
International bankers control the majority of the magazines and newspapers in this country. John F. Hylan
Nothing is so tantalizing to journalists as some answer they can't get. If you want to appeal to political journalists,…you hide something from us … Roger Rosenblatt
The media, famously called the marketplace of ideas, is a failed market when a strong interest faces no like interest to generate competing ideas. Benjamin H. Friedman
This role is designed to question the behavior of government officials on behalf of the public. I think people who have done this and all jobs in journalism have believed that. Peter Jennings
There are a lot of people who think our job is to reassure the public every night that their home, their community and their nation is safe. I don't subscribe to that at all. I subscribe to leaving people with essentially … a rough draft of history. Some days it's reassuring, some days it's absolutely destructive. Peter Jennings
The media are desperately afraid of being accused of bias. And that's partly because there's a whole machine out there, an organized attempt to accuse them of bias whenever they say anything that the Right doesn't like. So rather than really try to report things objectively, they settle for being even-handed, which is not the same thing. One of my lines in a column -- in which a number of people thought I was insulting them personally -- was that if Bush said the Earth was flat, the mainstream media would have stories with the headline: 'Shape of Earth--Views Differ.' Then they'd quote some Democrats saying that it was round. Paul Krugman
President Reagan brought us to the ultimate: America As Total Television. During his governance the printed word simply ceased to matter. White House dynamos had once telephoned newspapers to complain about unfair reporting. Not anymore. Now they telephoned network bosses. Even then it wasn't poor reporting they complained about, but poor pictures. Russell Baker
Investigative reporting is not a way to make friends. Jill Abramson
We journalists in America take it for granted that we are not going to be killed for our work. Unfortunately, this is not true elsewhere in the world. Joan Mower
The best definition of journalism I have heard; to challenge authority - all authority - especially so when governments and politicians take us to war, when they have decided that they will kill and others will die. Robert Fisk
The more servile a reporter is toward his sources, the more authoritative he can appear in print. Andrew Ferguson
Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a coup d'état, still use tanks. If a country has reached a high degree of industrialization the whole scene changes. The day after the fall of Khrushchev, the editors of Pravda, Izvestiia, the heads of the radio and television were replaced; the army wasn't called out. Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications. Umberto Eco
Even if this is the scoop of your life, you will not air this. It will remain in your recorder… You too... Otherwise this will be your last story. That would be a pity. Don’t let this be your last story. Benny Gantz
Our mission is to report these horrors of war with accuracy and without prejudice Marie Colvin
You never want to inhale your press clippings. Jack Valenti
What you say about the newspapers is very true ... They are indeed a curious compound of truth and untruth. I am so used to newspaper nonsense and attacks that I do not mind it in the least.... Queen Victoria
LIBERTY enters the field of journalism to speak for herself because she finds no one willing to speak for her. She hears no voice that always champions her; she knows no pen that always writes in her defense; she sees no hand that is always lifted to avenge her wrongs or vindicate her rights…. Her foe, Authority, takes many shapes, but, broadly speaking, her enemies divide themselves into three classes: first, those who abhor her both as a means and as an end of progress, opposing her openly, avowedly, sincerely, consistently, universally; second, those who profess to believe in her as a means of progress, but who accept her only so far as they think she will subserve their own selfish interests, denying her and her blessings to the rest of the world; third, those who distrust her as a means of progress, believing in her only as an end to be obtained by first trampling upon, violating, and outraging her. Benjamin Tucker
A major hurricane could decimate the region, but flooding from even a moderate storm could kill thousands. It's just a matter of time. ... The scene's been played out for years in computer models or emergency operations simulations... New Orleans has hurricane levees that create a bowl with the bottom dipping lower than the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain. ...the levees would trap any water that gets inside-- by breach, overtopping or torrential downpour--catastrophic storm. ... The estimated 200,000 or more people left behind in an evacuation will be struggling to survive. Some will be housed at the Superdome, the designated shelter for people too sick or infirm to leave the city. ...But many will simply be on their own, in homes or looking for high ground. Thousands will drown while trapped in homes or cars by rising water.  Other will be washed away or crushed by debris. Survivors will end up trapped on roofs, in buildings or on high ground surrounded by water, with no means of escape and little food or fresh water, perhaps for several days. New Orleans Picayune
We are a better country because the press gets 1000 facts right every day. Ari Fleischer
Reporters love this country too and they care about national security. Ari Fleischer
The editorial policies of the state newspapers and the state broadcaster has remained partisan and unreformed, and the media field remains dominated by the same partisan state players. Morgan Tsvangirai
The people can never understand why the President does not use his powers to make them behave. Well all the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. Harry S Truman
The difference between real material poison and intellectual poison is that most material poison is disgusting to the taste, but intellectual poison, which takes the form of cheap newspapers or bad books, can unfortunately sometimes be attractive. Leo Tolstoy
I really didn't say everything I said. Yogi Berra
I’m finished. Go with somebody else. Lyndon B. Johnson
To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week’s newspapers. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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 Tom Stoppard
Who wants to hear that he is wrong when he can be told that he is right? …. We are losing the ability to change our mind because of our media. Clay Johnson
You would think that people who are so powerful would not be so upset by little knocks in the press. Peggy Noonan
All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced upon them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.. H. L. Mencken
The press must grow day in and day out — it is our Party's sharpest and most powerful weapon. Joseph Stalin
Oh yes. And a great many of them still do. Eleanor Roosevelt
To-day a democrat of the old school would demand, not freedom for the press, but freedom from the press Oswald Spengler
Great deeds and utterances are now so diluted with printer’s ink that we can no longer find a sage or saint. John Lancaster Spalding
Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
If you look for a problem long enough, and you can’t find it, the possibility exists that it doesn’t exist. James P. Gorman
The newspapers! Sir, they are the most villainous — licentious — abominable — infernal — Not that I ever read them — no — I make it a rule never to look into a newspaper. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Only in democratic countries is there the beginning of a suspicion that the old axioms about the press being the bulwark of liberty is something that affects the daily life of the people--that it is a living warning rather than an ancient wisecrack. A people that wants to be free must arm itself with a free press.. George Seldes
No newspaper which is supporting one class of society is independent. George Seldes
The failure of a free press in most countries is usually blamed on the readers. Every nation gets the government--and the press--it deserves. This is too facile a remark. The people deserve better in most governments and press. Readers, in millions of cases, have no way of finding out whether their newspapers are fair or not, honest or distorted, truthful or colored. George Seldes
For thirty years the press has ceased to exist in Turkey. There are indeed newspapers, many of them even, but the scissors of censorship cut them in so emasculating a manner that they no longer have any potency. If I dare, I would call them gelded newspapers — or rather, to keep the local color, eunuchs. Paul Fesch
When you went to work in the morning you were going to war with the press. Charles Colson
If you want this job too much you may not be any good at it. David Gergen
The hand that rules the press, the radio, the screen, and the far spread magazine, rules the country. Learned Hand
There shall be no neutrals. Men shall either like or dislike me. William Lloyd Garrison
Silence is a war crime. Anonymous
We are again compelled to interfere with our friend's license of personal description and criticism. Even Cabinet Ministers (to whom the next few pages of the articles were devoted) have their private immunities, which ought to be conscientiously observed Atlantic Monthly
I am in hope that you will find us returned generally to sentiments worthy of former times. In these it will be your glory to have steadily labored, and with as much effect as any man living. Thomas Jefferson
Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre [journalists] Joe Klein
Is there any way we can screw him? Richard Nixon
No more Nixon jokes. He is a sick man and we just can’t do that. Johnny Carson
If the press knows about a problem, big or small, that problem is far more likely to receive the personal attention of senior policy makers, then if it remains a well-kept secret. Richard Holbrooke
There evolved a new media definition of civility that privileged "balance" over truth-telling—even when one side was lying. It's a real and profound change. Rick Perlstein
The best way to get the news is from objective sources, and the most objective sources I have are people on my staff who tell me what's happening in the world. George W. Bush
Speaking in general terms it was always easy to get any print to say any injurious thing about a citizen in a newspaper, but it was next to impossible to get that paper or any other to right an injured man. Mark Twain
...history can carry on no successful competition with news, in the matter of sharp interest. When an eye-witness sets down in narrative form some extraordinary occurrence which he has witnessed, that is news -- that is the news form, and its interest is absolutely indestructible; time can have no deteriorating effect upon that episode. Mark Twain
It is a free press...There are laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press. Mark Twain
Whatever may be said about the power of the press, it is undeniable that it can set the entire public thinking and talking about any topic . . . Charles Dudley Warner
The legend went, unconfirmed and unaccredited, but still propagated. Charlotte Bronte
Today the greatest evil—and therefore the most immediate—is the press. Klemens von Metternich
The more well-known you are, you become a target. Calvin Klein
Those Ron Paul supporters … will Tweet the heck out of something if they are not happy. Gwen Ifill
Some are born to invent, others to embellish; but the gilder attracts more attention than the architect. Marquis de Vauvenargues; Luc de
Let Southern oppressors tremble. Let their Northern apologists tremble. William Lloyd Garrison
We in the media have glass jaws. We throw punches at everyone else, and the first time that they hit back, we go down. Robert Osborne
Our job [the press] in this age … is not to serve as cheerleaders for our side in the present world struggle but to help the largest possible number of people to see the realities of the changing and convulsive world in which American policy must operate. James Reston
Those who dumb down the news, trivialize the news with in-studio shouting matches passing for debate Dan Rather
A news sense is really a sense of what is important, what is vital, what has color and life — what people are interested in. That's journalism. Burton Rascoe
Every time I talk to the press, I put my foot in my mouth. Robert McNamara
The press is new and certainly a powerful agent in human affairs. It will change societies; but it is difficult to conceive how, by rendering men indocile and presumptuous, it can change them for the better.... It has inspired ignorance with presumption, so that those who cannot be governed by reason are no longer awed by authority. Fisher Ames
The press is not only free, it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. It was not granted by monarchs, it was not gained for us by aristocracies; but it sprang from the people, and, with an immortal instinct, it has always worked for the people. Benjamin Disraeli
Many people think that the print press is dying in America. Well I do not agree. And neither does my blacksmith. Conan O'Brien
Since the attacks on September 11th, I do not believe there has been any serious effort by the US mainstream press to review the history of US involvement in and support of terrorism. The news is monopolized by those who want to go to war. For that reason, I do not think it will be very easy to avoid this 'war on terrorism'. The US media are so powerful, and they fill our minds every day with what they think we should know and how we should interpret it. They are working hand-in-hand with the Government, and they share the same values. Philip Agee
Every administration I remember has tried to control its message and manage contacts with the media. As a senior editor for more than a quarter century, I frequently received complaints from administrations of both parties about coverage they considered unfavorable, along with occasional and mostly empty threats to cut off access. Leonard Downie Jr.
The fear of missing out … causes media, more than ever before, [to] hunt in a pack. In these modes it is like a feral beast, just tearing people and reputations to bits. But no-one dares miss out. Tony Blair
When I was in advertising we used to pull them in with naked women. Now I do it with swastikas and uniforms. George Lincoln Rockwell
When one millionaire has ten newspapers and ten million people have no newspapers—that is not freedom of the press. Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan
No Congress of the United States ever assembled, on surveying the state of the Union, has met with a more pleasing prospect than that which appears at the present time. In the domestic field there is tranquility and contentment...and the highest record of years of prosperity. Calvin Coolidge
Find out what happened and put it in the paper Jack Germond
Most of us are a lot more comfortable thinking about and writing about individuals than institutions. David Broder
As far as I can see, I really was put out of Germany for the crime of blasphemy. … My offense was to think that Hitler is just an ordinary man, after all. This is a crime against the reigning cult in Germany, which says that Mr. Hitler is a Messiah sent by God to save the German people — an old Jewish idea. To question this mystic mission is so heinous that, if you are German you can be sent to jail. I, fortunately, am an American, so I merely was sent to Paris. Worse things can happen to one. Dorothy Thompson
Why is it not newsworthy when an elderly homeless person dies in the street when it is newsworthy when the Stock Market loses 2 points? Pope Francis I
You or any fair man, looking back on the history of our own country for the past forty years must admit, that the Press has gradually intensified he feelings of mutual jealousy and hatred between the North and the South till war not only resulted, but was bound to result. You see yet the Press of each Section, instead of healing the gap, is vigorously widening it. William Tecumseh Sherman
I have learned that it is just as well to avoid even the appearance of something which you prefer not to have published as a fact! So many things are published as facts in any case which have no foundation in them whatsoever, that I don't suppose it really matters! For fair minded people usually wait until they verify a statement before they believe it, and those who believe it without verification are the ones who want to believe it! Eleanor Roosevelt
Owning media is power. That’s the way it is. Ricardo Salinas Pliego
What reporters may increasingly see as a necessity, readers see as a scourge. Margaret Sullivan
I think sometimes the recording of each act which has gone into the perpetration of some crime simply gives new suggestions to less fertile minds. I realize that crimes are "news," but I wonder if they could not be very briefly recorded, leaving out as much detail as possible and by doing so it might be easier for the arm of the law to proceed in unsolved crimes. The public is, of course, to blame, for apparently there is a curious fascination for many people in the reading of all these gruesome details. Is there no way that the public for its own protection can be induced to forego some of this particular type of reading matter? Eleanor Roosevelt
That’s who I am. I’m a sensationalist. I’m a big mouth. I get attention Bill O'Reilly
... the even more fundamental task that lies before the leader of a democracy is to bring to the people the realization that true democracy is the effort of the people individually to carry their share of the burden of government. Eleanor Roosevelt
It is a grand thing to get advice and criticism of people who really want to make more useful such things as any of us poor scribes write for the general public. There is just one bit of cheer, however, no matter how much we improve, everyone will never be pleased and therefore we may hope that everyone will never be displeased either. Eleanor Roosevelt
In journalism the gold standard has become punditry rather than reporting. Mark Leibovich
Newspapers are inherently inefficient and anger a lot of people. Ken Auletta
Avoid both infatuation with or resentment of the press. Donald Rumsfeld
Learn to say, “I don’t know.” Donald Rumsfeld
Not only is our electorate polarized, but their sources of information are polarized. Voters choose the sources of information that tells them what they want to hear. Daniel J. Balz
I don’t care what the newspapers write about me. My constituents can’t even read. But get rid of those damn pictures [political cartoons] William Marcy Tweed
… there was partisanship in the newspapers …. Newspapers were not neutral. Newspapers were the political vehicle of a particular group and sometimes they were the cultural vehicle as well. It is also important to keep in mind that some of the newspaper editors were very friendly with … political leaders Margaret Washington
I talk to the press five days a week … The president—how often does he talk to the press? His press secretary talks to the press every day, okay. But I happen to think the public should demand he should. I think he should; I think that’s his job. Michael Bloomberg
Political cartoonists are an endangered species. Their habitat is rapidly disappearing Dan Wasserman
Theodore Roosevelt owes more to newspapers than any other man of his time, or possibly of any other time. Benjamin Ryan Tillman
People don’t tend to think like political cartoonists. Dan Wasserman
Correspondents’ War Anonymous
Journalists should wear a white uniform to indicate the purity of their character. Irvin McDowell
It should be clear that unencrypted journalist-source communications is unforgivably reckless. Edward Snowden
It seems a waste, to me, for the sake of getting more colorful news, to send these men, who are not in any way concerned with the war [Spanish Civil War] which is going on and the principles at stake, into such positions of danger. Three men, two Americans and an Englishman, have died, and with apparent pride a formal announcement is made to the effect that we should realize what dangers correspondents go through to give us the news. To be sure, these men, not only go willingly, but often are anxious for the assignment. Personally, I would prefer to have those three men alive and a little less accurate and colorful news, and I am quite sure the majority of the people in the United States feel the same way. If men must die, let it be for their own convictions, not because they are sent out so we may read or see something more startling in our newspapers and newsreels. Eleanor Roosevelt
After the usual press conference and lunch … Eleanor Roosevelt
You have an obligation to try and make news. I have an obligation not to make news. Dick Cheney
I have tried to write about this matter without any improper bias, but of course we are all cowards about newspapers who tyrannize over us all. William Henry Moody
It is tempting to deny, but if you deny you confirm what you wont deny. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn
If those in charge of our society — politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television — can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves. Howard Zinn
All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values Marshall McLuhan
The media is comparable to government--probably passes government in raw power Matt Drudge
All over the world, wherever there are capitalists, freedom of the press means freedom to buy up newspapers, to buy writers, to bribe, buy and fake “public opinion” for the benefit of the bourgeoisie. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
There are those who blame the Press, but in this I think they are mistaken. The Press is such as the public demands, and the public demands bad newspapers because it has been badly educated. Bertrand Russell
Yesterday afternoon I signed a radio contract with the Lamont, Corliss Company, makers of Pond's products. The money will be paid as usual to the American Friends Service Committee …. I am really looking forward to this work for … I enjoy both the working up of the programs and the feeling of contact with a great many people which comes about through the letters which I get after each broadcast. Eleanor Roosevelt
… printed newspapers on actual paper may be a luxury item. It’s sort of like … people still have horses, but it’s not their primary way of commuting to the office. Jeff Bezos
Wikileaks could not survive for more than a few months if it did not have public support Julian Assange
My purpose is to be, in my action, just and constitutional; and yet practical, in performing the important duty, with which I am charged, of maintaining the unity, and the free principles of our common country. Abraham Lincoln
Overall, the world has never been better informed. Henry Blodget
We’re not a peephole journal. What you are doing is the story … the Federal police force of the United States doing this to an individualized citizen. Eugene Patterson
The good journalist is never objective. He is always neutral. Evan Sayet
The men with the muckrakes are often indispensable but only if they know when to stop raking muck. Theodore Roosevelt
Politics has never been for the thin-skinned or the faint of heart, and if you enter the arena, you should expect to get roughed up. Barack Obama
The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason. There's also a negative side. Hunter S. Thompson
There are a lot of ways to practice the art of journalism, and one of them is to use your art like a hammer to destroy the right people — who are almost always your enemies, for one reason or another, and who usually deserve to be crippled, because they are wrong. This is a dangerous notion, and very few professional journalists will endorse it — calling it "vengeful" and "primitive" and "perverse" regardless of how often they might do the same thing themselves. "That kind of stuff is opinion," they say, "and the reader is cheated if it's not labelled as opinion." Well, maybe so. Maybe Tom Paine cheated his readers and Mark Twain was a devious fraud with no morals at all who used journalism for his own foul ends. And maybe H. L. Mencken should have been locked up for trying to pass off his opinions on gullible readers and normal "objective journalism." Mencken understood that politics — as used in journalism — was the art of controlling his environment, and he made no apologies for it. In my case, using what politely might be called "advocacy journalism," I've used reporting as a weapon to affect political situations that bear down on my environment. Hunter S. Thompson
I wake up angry every morning and start reading [the newspapers]. Then I'm furious. Paul Conrad
Nobody ever accused me of being objective. Paul Conrad
I decide who's right and who's wrong, and go from there. But I can't just comment on an issue. I've got to take an editorial position. Too many cartoonists simply illustrate the news. Well, the readers know the news, and a cartoon that illustrates doesn't tell them a thing they don't already know. So, I formulate an opinion and draw it. Paul Conrad
I will get that fellow’s scalp if it’s the last thing I ever do.. Thomas Collier Platt
Nationality is the first great object—a Nationality which will not only raise our people from their poverty … but inflame them and purify them with a lofty and heroic love of country… a Nationality which may embrace Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter… the Irishman of a hundred generations and the stranger who is within our gates… a Nationality which would be recognized by the world and sanctified by wisdom, virtue, and prudence Nation -- Ireland
As Japanese newspapers derive most of their income by the sale of papers and not by advertisements their natural tendency is to cater to popularity. So they are always on the side of democracy when there is any issue at stake. Yusuke Tsurumi
Often I would get asked the same question 6 different times, each in increasing tones of indignation even though the answer is each time the same. Jay Carney
It is far from a coincidence that the rise of the popular press spelled eventual doom for monarchs of all types. Once the news becomes democratized, governance is sure to follow. David Carr
It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the progressive mind was characteristically a journalistic mind and that its characteristic contribution was that of the socially responsible reporter-reformer. Richard Hofstadter
As a conservative who believes in limited government, I believe the only check on government power in real time is a free and independent press. Mike Pence
There is nothing so fretting and vexatious, nothing so justly TERRIBLE to tyrants, and their tools and abettors, as a FREE PRESS. Samuel Adams
Facilities have been given me here as never before, the Interstate Commerce People even offering me a desk and stenographer, with full admission to all their published reports and letters. It certainly shows how … a greater care for truth and fairness, which I have tried to attain in my articles, gets hold of people. Ray Stannard Baker
We suffer quite as much from exaggerated, hysterical, and untruthful statements in the press as from any wrongdoing by businessmen or politicians. Theodore Roosevelt
To Any Officer or Employee of the Government: Please tell Mr. Lincoln Steffens anything whatever about the government that you know (not incompatible with the public interest) and provided only that you tell him the truth—no matter what it might be—I will see to it that you are not hurt. T. Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt
If we play our cards right with the media, the Press will be our Inspector General’s Office. Encourage them to find any dirt on our programs and tell us. Then we can fix them or at least start to and everyone will be better off. We will learn of and fix out weaknesses, the press will have good stories, and the public will get better service. I can see some of you wondering what our own Office of Inspection is supposed to do. It is to find out about our problems before the press does, not to wait for complaints and then start looking. When a reporter comes to us with a scandal story of one of our programs, I would love to say, “Good reporting. That’s a serious problem and this is what we have been doing about it. Give us a hand and keep monitoring it, and let us know about our progress.” No one expects us to not have problems, but they do expect us to find them and fix them quickly, and that is what we must all expect of each other. Sargent Shriver
We try and slow down the news. Steve Inskeep
Because of the Constitution, there are no qualifications for our jobs. Steve Inskeep
Follow-up questions are always much worse than the original ones. John Kenneth Galbraith
The United States ought to be able to choose for its president anybody that it wants, regardless of the number of terms he has served. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I'm not going to censor you fellows. I'm just leaving it up to each man's sense of responsibility. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Our job is to bash the President. Evan Thomas
American boys should not be seen dying on the nightly news Evan Thomas
Well, our job is to bash the President, that's what we do almost … Evan Thomas
We don't print the truth. We don't pretend to print the truth. We print what people tell us. It's up to the public to decide what's the truth. Benjamin C. Bradlee
I'd rather be on the sports page than on the front page. Gerald R. Ford
With the stroke of a pen the political cartoonist can affect public policy. Gerald R. Ford
Not yet. But I've been regularly depressed every time I have a press conference. Mario Cuomo
Even the very best newspapers have never learned how to handle public figures who lie with a straight face. Benjamin C. Bradlee
Glorious News. Lincoln and Seward Assassinated! Andy Johnson Inaugurated President. John C. Henley
In spite of your “liberty of the press”, at a hint from your government your whole national press becomes unanimous on questions outside domestic politics. Alfred von Tirpitz
A free press may be good or bad, but without freedom a press can only be bad. Albert Camus
At a time when politics has become an almost minute-by-minute spectacle, political thinkers who try to discern a sweeping interpretive pattern in current events or to predict where those events may be heading are likely to find their work evaluated in terms dismayingly like those applied to candidates and strategists. One wrong guess, or an abrupt change in the political weather, can make even an illuminating political book seem as irrelevant as a bungled campaign. Sam Tanenhaus
Those who suppose the modern media uniquely prone to hyperbole, fantasy and deceit should consider the madness of rumor and invention that overtook the world’s press in 1914. Max Hastings
No good news, which means the same as bad news. Ludwig Wittgenstein
We would ask you to promise that you will contact the White House in advance on any national security matter the Times was reporting. Ari Fleischer
We can make no such promises, but if the White House wanted to request the holding of a specific story, the request would have to come from the President to the Executive Editor or the Publisher. Howell Raines
There is interposed between the voter and hid final judgment the whole mechanism of modern publicity. The final judgment is not the result of direct acquaintance; it is the result of the news reports, the advertising, the oratory, the elusive rumors which are the modern substitute for direct acquaintance. New Republic
There is a bias in the press for facts over fiction. Dana Milbank
There are comrades without elementary knowledge of politics, and this brings them to entertain absurd ideas, such as the idea that we live in a time where critical journalism remains a necessity. Mao Zedong
Never pick a quarrel with someone who buys their ink in barrels. Benjamin Franklin
Public men are all amenable to the tribunal of the press in a free state. The greater, indeed, their trust, the more respectable are they. Benjamin Franklin
When men differ in opinion, both sides ought equally to have the advantage of being heard by the publick. Benjamin Franklin
If printers (publishers) only printed that which everyone liked, there would be very little printed Benjamin Franklin
You hope the American people are fair. We recognize journalists have to kill somebody each week. Roger Ailes
Nixon is the last candidate who couldn’t make it on the Johnny Carson Show who could make it in an election. Roger Ailes
We are going to have to endure an imperial media with a government by public opinion poll. Michael Ledeen
The media have entered government as a revolutionary force. Michael Ledeen
If there is a constant to the American campaign story, it is that elites can’t predict the future very well. News is what surprises us, which is why the political press always has news. Voters are always undoing our certainties. John Dickerson (journalist)
… amputation of the ears England
Speaking ill of a public figure has a direct tendency to breed in the people a dislike of their governors and incline them to faction and sedition. England
Journalism is not an exact science. At best it i a crude art. Dan Rather
Ask for $10,000 more than you think you are worth. That’s what the white boys do. Gwen Ifill
[Should we] pry intimately into the lives of an undefended and appallingly damaged group of human beings, an ignorant and helpless rural family, for the purpose of parading the nakedness, disadvantage and humiliation of these lives before another group of human beings, in the name of science, of ‘honest journalism”? James Agee
To protect our independence, we'll never run ads. Jimmy Wales
Try and understand--there are views other than yours. Dianne Rehm
We'll have to avoid the perils of false equivelance, quoting a person on each side as if there was a genuine debate when we knoow that there isn't. Nicholas Kristof
The media are the opposition party. Steve Bannon
Democracies die in darkness.... I don't realluy think that President Trump really believes that the press is the "enemy of the people" Bob Woodward
I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. That we need an independent media to hold people like me to account. […] power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere. George W. Bush
You can’t blame the message on the medium, not exactly. But maybe, all things considered, arming everyone with pocket supercomputers, and then filtering most of human experience through social-media feedback loops, wasn’t the greatest idea…however glorious modern communications may be, they’ve also empowered a cast of goons, crooks and jihadists to build audiences and influence world-wide. Joseph Rago
Journalists should recalibrate themselves to be more skeptical of the consensus of their peers. That’s because a position that seems to have deep backing from the evidence may really just be a reflection from the echo chamber. You should be looking toward how much evidence there is for a particular position as opposed to how many people hold that position: Having 20 independent pieces of evidence that mostly point in the same direction might indeed reflect a powerful consensus, while having 20 like-minded people citing the same warmed-over evidence is much less powerful. Nate Silver
A journalists's job is not to be balanced. It is to be accurate. Gloria Steinem
To Eisenhower it seemed like the press was building up McCarthy. Sam Tannenhaus
In the end, I did not feel any cleaner than he was … I pretended once again now and then that [Senator Joseph] McCarthy was not a serious man; but I always knew that the devil in me and the larger devil in him were very consequential figures indeed Murray Kempton
By November 2016, Turkey had more journalists in jail than any country in the world. As many as 150 journalists, one-third of the total jailed worldwide, were imprisoned. More than 160 media outlets were closed by the end of 2016. Turkey uses a variety of techniques to suppress criticism. Journalists are prosecuted for terrorism, insulting public officials, or crimes against the state. Threats and physical attacks occur. Officials interfere with editorial independence and pressure media organizations to fire critical journalists. The government also exerts financial pressure. For example, the Dogan Group, which owns Hurriyet and CNN Turk, was penalized $3.2 billion in tax arrears. Turkish courts and regulators issue gag orders on specific topics. A ban on allegations of MIT involvement in weapons shipments to Syria was imposed in February 2014. Another was issued in March 2014, restricting dissemination of leaked audio recordings of national security meetings. Can Dundar, editor in chief of Cumhurriyet was sentenced to five years for reporting on MIT’s weapons transfers to ISIS in Syria. David L. Phillips (International Affairs)
Turkey still has one of the highest number of imprisoned journalists in the world. European Parliament
Television is not a gimmick, and if you think it is, you’ll lose again. Roger Ailes
I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to. Matthew Freud
The time has come for political campaigning, its techniques and strategies, to move out of the dark ages and into the brave new world of the omnipresent eye, H. R. Haldeman
In the West fashionable trends of thought and ideas are carefully separated from those which are not fashionable; nothing is forbidden, but what is not fashionable will hardly ever find its way into periodicals or books or be heard in colleges. Legally your researchers are free, but they are conditioned by the fashion of the day . . . a selection dictated by fashion and the need to match mass standards frequently prevents independent-minded people from giving their contribution to public life. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The press has become the greatest power within the Western countries, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. One would then like to ask: by what law has it been elected and to whom is it responsible? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
That's how dictators get started. John McCain
Magazines and newspapers commonly took to celebrating the military valor of both Confederate and Union soldiers, as though bravery, rather than morality, were the chief quality to be commemorated. Joshua M. Zeitz
It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate. Anderson Cooper
The "Hate Priest"--Father Coughlan--had a daily radio audience that was much larger than Rush Limbaugh has today and that was in a much smaller country. Kathryn Smith
I could do a thousand documentaries on poverty and poor people that would be watched by a handful of the convinced, but I was never really going to have an influence on my times -- (as I might if I develop Sesame Street). Joan Ganz Cooney
The children were singing beer commercials. If they could learn from beer commercials why can't they learn 1,2, 3 and more. Joan Ganz Cooney
It used to be that a journalist covering the White House had trouble getting news because each person there worked for the same person, while in Congress they are all independent contractors and you could get news. But today, the White House Staff are all independent contractors and that is a great place to get news. Bob Schieffer
The 2016 Presidential Campaign had the most bizarre and unusual occurrences in all my years of covering politics, I have never seen so much that was unique and unheard of. My favorite one was when the Republican Speaker of the House referred to the Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the "Devil Incarnate". And then the Society of Satan Worshippers put out a Press Release denying it. Bob Schieffer
As has been the case with almost every new technology, from the telegraph to television, the rise of the Internet fed false expectations that it would create a new, more democratic, interactive politics. But blogging’s harsh, unfettered nature has coarsened politics. The fact that so many bloggers are essentially anonymous allows them to spew rancor, rumor, lies, and obscenities. Increasingly, the ­MSM (mainstream ­media) ­appear by contrast staid, centrist, boring, even responsible. ­Deadlines—­once daily, now without limit in the age of the Internet—­demand a constant stream of stories, diluting the quality and upping the rhetorical ante in the effort to grab ­attention, In an ­ever-­escalating rhetorical spiral, political discussion in the media and the blogosphere becomes harsher, sleazier. At the same time, the stories that stand out are the sensational and polarizing ones rather than the constructive, ­bridge-­building ones. A variation of Gresham’s law applies: Just as bad money drives out the good, bad rhetoric and sleazy politics drive ­out—­or at least eclipse and ­obscure—­the ­good. Gil Troy
The media increase the political nastiness while distancing voters from those clashes. Citizens become spectators. ­Headline-­driven news emphasizes the extremes, the fights, the hysteria, the sensational. Political reporters, trying to appear objective by quoting two opposing sides to almost every story, mostly sharpen the differences, slighting any centrist position. Gil Troy
We must have a free press. If we are to maintain democracxy as we know it, we must have a free and adversarial press.... That's how dictoators get power [by intimidating, restriciting and censoring the press.] John McCain
There’s dramatic license, which is necessary or nothing’s fun, and historical truth, which is necessary or nothing’s understood. Peggy Noonan
Political or military commentators, like astrologers, can survive almost any mistake, because their more devoted followers do not look to them for an appraisal of the facts but for the stimulation of nationalistic loyalties George Orwell
The remarkable failure in our time of political and military prediction. It is curious to reflect that out of al the ‘experts’ of all the schools, there was not a single one who was able to foresee so likely an event as the Russo-German Pact of 1939 George Orwell
I speak to people for whom the issues are a mixed bag; they are liberal on some, conservative on others, middle of the road on the rest. But politicians don't take their cues from those people. No, politicians emulate the world of punditry. Michael Smerconish
If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service., Other considerations are minor. Ida B. Wells
The Princess of the Press Anonymous
This is a perfect illustration of reverse causality. Hamas threatens and harasses Israel, but it is only Israel’s response that warrants close attention and scrutiny. David Harris (protester)
…Democrats are complaining that they can’t get their message out … because Donald Trump has blotted out the media sun. … The eclipse won’t end. The media has turned the Trump presidency into a phenomenon of constant self-absorption—their self-absorption in this one person. Donald Trump has become the biggest balloon in a political Macy’s parade of modern media’s own creation. They could let go of the ropes. But they won’t. Daniel Henninger
Is journalism a profession that serves the public by maintaining high standards, or is it a social construct that should be redesigned to directly serve certain social goods? Some argue that all journalism involves bias, either hidden or revealed. But it is one thing to say that objectivity and fairness are ultimately unreachable. It is another to cease grasping for them. That would be a world of purely private truths, in which the boldest liars and demagogues would thrive. Michael Gerson
Why would you want to work in television. I don’t watch television. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.
The Newspaper wants me to by neutral with respect to Germany, as if anyone could be neutral in this war. Richard Harding Davis