Posts Tagged ‘press’

Quote of the day, Sept. 1

September 1, 2017

Judge Murray Gurfein, on press freedom (1971)

“A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, a ubiquitous press must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression and the right of the people to know.”

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Quote of the day, April 9

April 9, 2017

Thomas Jefferson, on the press

“During this course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled 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; they might, indeed, have been corrected by the wholesome punishments reserved and provided by the laws of the several States against falsehood and defamation; but public duties more urgent press on the time of public servants, and the offenders have therefore been left to find their punishment in the public indignation.”

Quote of the day, March 28

March 28, 2017

Winston S. Churchill, from A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain (1956)

“Unlike the remainder of Western Europe, which still retains the imprint and tradition of Roman law and the Roman system of government, the English-speaking peoples had at the close of the period covered by this volume [699-1485] achieved a body of legal and what might also be called democratic principles which survived the upheavals and onslaught of the French and Spanish Empires. Parliament, trial by jury, local government run by local citizens, and even the beginnings of a free Press, may be discerned, at any rate in primitive form, by the time Christopher Columbus set sail for the American continent.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 17

December 17, 2015

Orville Wright, Western Union telegram to his father, Bishop Milton Wright (17 December 1903)

“SUCCESS FOUR FLIGHTS THURSDAY MORNING ALL AGAINST TWENTY ONE MILE WIND STARTED FROM LEVEL WITH ENGINE POWER ALONE AVERAGE SPEED THROUGH AIR THIRTY ONE MILES LONGEST 57 SECONDS INFORM PRESS HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.”

Quote of the day, March 3

March 3, 2014

Howard Zinn, on control of ideas (1991)

“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.  (more…)

Quote of the day, Jan. 19

January 19, 2014

David Cameron, on the press (2014)

“At its best, the British press, the political press, have a vital role to play in our country.  (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 29

December 28, 2012

Carl Bernstein, on journalism

“The failures of the press have contributed immensely to the emergence of a talk-show nation, in which public discourse is reduced to ranting and raving and posturing. (more…)

Quote of the day, Feb. 22

February 21, 2012

British Education Secretary Michael Gove, on freedom of the press

“Politicians should recognise that we have nothing to gain and everything to lose from fettering the press, which has helped keep us honest in the past and ensured that the standards of debate are higher in this country than in other jurisdictions.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 31

October 29, 2011

Justice Hugo Black, on freedom of the press

“In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. (more…)

Quote of the day, Oct. 22

October 22, 2011
Daily Telegraph‘s Josie Filmer, on freedom of the press

“The rise of the internet and unregulated bloggers, who comment scurrilously on current affairs, has been seen as the greatest threat to traditional media. (more…)