Archive for the ‘Journalism’ Category

Quote of the day, Jan. 21

January 21, 2018

The late Matt Duffy at the Federal National Council election symposium he held at Zayed University in the fall of 2011. (Photo by Zajel staff)

Matt J. Duffy, on a free press

“The benefits of a free press have been widely documented. By accurately reporting the news, citizens gain an understanding of their local, national and international issues, while journalists can also serve as an independent monitor to those in positions of power. The Nobel Prize-winning economist, Dr. Amartya Sen, famously notes that no country with a free press has ever endured mass starvation such as the 1943 Bengal famine suffered under repressive British censorship.” (more…)

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Quote of the day, Jan. 14

January 15, 2018

Christopher Hitchens, on race

“For years, I declined to fill in the form for my Senate press credential that asked me to state my ‘race,’ unless I was permitted to put ‘human.’ The form had to be completed under penalty of perjury, so I could not in conscience put ‘white,’ which is not even a color let alone a ‘race,’ and I sternly declined to put ‘Caucasian,’ which is an exploded term from a discredited ethnology. Surely the essential and unarguable core of [Dr. Martin Luther] King’s campaign was the insistence that pigmentation was a false measure: a false measure of mankind (yes, mankind) and an inheritance from a time of great ignorance and stupidity and cruelty, when one drop of blood could make you ‘black.'”

Quote of the day, Jan. 3

January 3, 2018

Joseph Pulitzer, on prosperity

“We all want prosperity, but not at the expense of liberty. Poverty is not as great a danger to liberty as is wealth, with its corrupting, demoralizing influences. Let us never have a Government at Washington owing its retention to the power of the millionaires rather than to the will of millions.

Quote of the day, Jan. 2

January 3, 2018

Frank Deford, on the difference between sports writers and news reporters

“I get very envious of my general news colleagues who are always being handed sexy new stuff like global warming, China, and Donald Trump, while my sports colleagues and I must be eternally satisfied with the same old home-court advantage, soccer and momentum.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 1

January 3, 2018

Bernie Sanders, on the news

“Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 5

December 5, 2017

P.J. O’Rourke, on books

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 21

November 21, 2017

William L. Shirer, from The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

“A people who had so lightly given up their political and cultural and economic freedoms were not, except for a relatively few, going to die or even risk imprisonment to preserve freedom of worship.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 2

November 3, 2017

Gamaliel Bailey, on giving

“Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 21

September 21, 2017

Brooks Atkinson, on photography

“The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives to him to keep on looking.”

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.”