It's a truism that denials never quite catch up with charges. Honest journalists who may have mistakenly printed false information know that the most prominent retraction never quite undoes the damage done by the original publication.
Never forget that if you don't hit a newspaper reader between the eyes with your first sentence, there is no need of writing a second one.
A would-be satirist, a hired buffoon, A monthly scribbler of some low lampoon, Condemn'd to drudge, the meanest of the mean, And furbish falsehoods for a magazine.lord byron
Today's serious nonfiction writer is important to society because from a solid background of social sciences, combined with the journalistic skills of a reporter, one moves beyond the reporter function to the front edge of our emerging society.
Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job: who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour.john pilger
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.mark twain
The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom in a state: it ought not, therefore, to be restrained in this commonwealth.
Journalism may not dare too much. It can be gently humorous and ironic, very lightly touched by idiosyncrasy, but it must not repel readers by digging too deeply. This is especially true of its approach to language: the conventions are not questioned.
When journalese was at its rifest the Ministry of Health was established - possibly a coincidence.
The national religion in the United States is worship of all things military. And journalists are its high priests.
Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.
What a monstrous thing that a University should teach journalism! I thought that was only done at Oxford. This respect for the filthy multitude is ruining civilisation.
To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week’s newspapers.
The Press is at once the eye and the ear and the tongue of the people. It is the visible speech, if not the voice, of the democracy. It is the phonograph of the world.
Advertisements are of great use to the vulgar. First of all, as they are instruments of ambition. A man that is by no means big enough for the Gazette, may easily creep into the advertisements; by which means we often see an apothecary in the same paper of news with a plenipotentiary, or a running footman with an ambassador.joseph addison
To serve thy generation, this thy fate: "Written in water," swiftly fades thy name; But he who loves his kind does, first and late, A work too great for fame.
I believe it has been said that one copy of the Times contains more useful information than the whole of the historical works of Thucydides.
Did Charity prevail, the press would prove A vehicle of virtue, truth, and love.william cowper
Miscellanists are the most popular writers among every people; for it is they who form a communication between the learned and the unlearned, and, as it were, throw a bridge between those two great divisions of the public.
Behold the whole huge earth sent to me hebdomadally in a brown paper wrapper.james russell lowell
We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.
The press is like the air, a chartered libertine.
When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.
I do not care for the big 'ideas' of novelists. Novels are wonderful, of course, but I prefer newspapers.