Archive for the ‘Journalism’ Category

Quote of the day, Sept. 20

September 20, 2017

Ben Bradlee, on journalism (from A Good Life)

“But journalists thrive on not knowing exactly what the future holds. That’s part of the excitement. Something interesting, something important, will happen somewhere, as sure as God made sour apples, and a good aggressive newspaper will become part of that something.”

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Quote of the day, Sept. 12

September 12, 2017

Mary Madsen, on freedom of the press (2017)

“So why is this important? We can’t all be aware of what is going on at all times in every part of the country. It is up the press, and now the internet, to provide larger numbers of people with more information. The press give us information about things from major events in government policy to the actions of celebrities. This information is generally honest and true, maybe biased depending on the source or incomplete depending on the time. (more…)

Quote of the day, Aug. 14

August 14, 2017

Thomas Jefferson, on the press (letter to John Norvell, 1807)

“To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, ‘by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.’ Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by it’s abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables. General facts may indeed be collected from them, such as that Europe is now at war, that Bonaparte has been a successful warrior, that he has subjected a great portion of Europe to his will, etc …; but no details can be relied on. I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 12

August 12, 2017

Robert McCormick, on the role of the press

“The newspaper is an institution developed my modern civilization to present the news of the day to foster commerce and industry, to inform and led public opinion, and to furnish that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide.”

Quote of the day, July 10

July 10, 2017

David Brinkley, on success

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.”

Quote of the day, July 9

July 9, 2017

Doug Marlette, on life

“Ease up on yourselves. Have some compassion for yourself as well as for others. There’s no such thing as perfection, and life is not a race.”

Quote of the day, June 18

June 19, 2017

Mark Twain, on freedom 

“It is by the fortune of God that, in this country, we have three benefits: freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the wisdom never to use either.”

Quote of the day, May 19

May 19, 2017

Mark Twain, on the two most important days of our lives

“The two most important days in your life are when you are born and the day you find out why.”

Quote of the day, May 18

May 18, 2017

H.L. Mencken, on education (from The American Mercury, 1924)

“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”

Quote of the day, April 29

April 29, 2017

E.B. White, on luck (from One Man’s Meat)

“Luck is not something you can mention in the presence self-made men.”