The military mind tends to be conservative, realistic and historical. The civilian mind tends to be liberal, idealistic and Utopian. Journalists, obviously, are civilians, and they tend to distrust, and to suspect, the military’s motives.
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.
Sometimes, I genuinely enjoy having conversations with Journalists; enjoying the few moments of intimacy with a stranger is fascinating to me. But once in a while that backfires and you're suddenly reading something that has a bent on it that you didn't feel was in the least bit a part of the conversation that you thought you were having. Then you get overly protective and say very little and then you come out of the hole again.gillian anderson
We must express the view, based on our empirical observations, that a substantial number of Journalists are ignorant, lazy, opinionated, and intellectually dishonest. The profession is heavily cluttered with aged hacks toiling through a miasma of mounting decrepitude and often alcoholism, and even more so with arrogant and abrasive youngsters who substitute 'commitment' for insight.conrad black
I do not know why Journalists insist on calling their stuff "pieces", when they are in fact little entities, attempting to have beginnings, middles and endings.james cameron
Whatever analogy we choose, one thing is clear - any group with influence needs people outside that group who will criticise it. In the real world of politics and society, Journalists do that - proper Journalists who know what having principles means, who aim for objectivity while accepting that it is unattainable, and who are open about who pays them and who they work with.bill thompson
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
Journalists who make mistakes get sued for libel; historians who make mistakes get to publish a revised edition.bill moyers
Journalists are too poorly paid in this country to know anything that is fit for publication.George Bernard Shaw
Once you have an innovation culture, even those who are not scientists or engineers - poets, actors, Journalists - they, as communities, embrace the meaning of what it is to be scientifically literate... They don't fight science and they don't fight technology.neil degrasse tyson
Journalists who make mistakes get sued for libel; historians who make mistakes get to publish a revised edition.
Suffering from an evident complex of moral inferiority, a lot of Journalists are interested in teaching the Pope how to do the Pope. Suffering from an evident complex of moral superiority, a lot of priests are interested in teaching Journalists how to do journalism. But the worst of all are the journalist-priests.leon bertoletti
I see Journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.marguerite duras
Incoherence is a common hazard for Journalists who dabble in ethical judgments.andrew ferguson
You should never fall in love with your own press clippings, because it is very much the nature of the beast that the same Journalists who build you up between Monday and Friday tear you down for weekend fun...My family's habit of living in the past seems to me pathological, even dangerous. If all greatness lies in the past, what is the point of the future?stephen l. carter
In Britain, Journalists often view comparisons with our society going back two, three, or seven centuries as more relevant than comparisons going back two, three, or seven decades. Drunkenness centuries ago is more illuminating than comparative sobriety 30 years ago. The distant past, selectively mined for evidence that justifies our current conduct, becomes more important than living memory.anthony daniels
I hate the world and almost all the people in it. I hate the Labour Congress and the Journalists who send men to be slaughtered, and the fathers who feel a smug pride when their sons are killed, and even the pacifists who keep saying human nature is essentially good, in spite of all the daily proofs to the contrary. I hate the planet and the human race – I am ashamed to belong to such a species.bertrand russell
A hacker is someone who enjoys playful cleverness not necessarily with computers. The programmers in the old MIT free software community of the 60s and 70s referred to themselves as hackers. Around 1980, Journalists who discovered the hacker community mistakenly took the term to mean “security breaker.”richard m. stallman
My experience is that Journalists report on the nearest-cliche algorithm, which is extremely uninformative because there aren’t many cliches, the truth is often quite distant from any cliche, and the only thing you can infer about the actual event was that this was the closest cliche.... It is simply not possible to appreciate the sheer awfulness of mainstream media reporting until someone has actually reported on you. It is so much worse than you think.eliezer yudkowsky
Maxim Gorki, supposedly citing a quote from Trotsky, told some Journalists in 1924: "From Mussolini's governmental actions I have got to know his energy and I admire him, but I prefer Trotsky's opinion: Mussolini has made a revolution, he is our best student."
In emerging democracies like Russia, in authoritarian states like Iran, Yugoslavia, Journalists play a critical role in civil society, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies.
One question that remains is at what point an individual Net poster has the right to assume prerogatives that have traditionally been only the province of Journalists and news-gathering organizations. When the Pentagon Papers landed on the doorstep of the New York Times , the newspaper was able to publish under the First Amendment's guarantees of freedom of speech, and to make a strong argument in court that publication was in the public interest. ... the amplification inherent in the combination of the Net's high-speed communications and the size of the available population has greatly changed the balance of power.
The duty of Journalists is to tell the truth. Journalism means you go back to the actual facts, you look at the documents, you discover what the record is, and you report it that way.
I suppose, in the end, we Journalists try - or should try - to be the first impartial witnesses of history. If we have any reason for our existence, the least must be our ability to report history as it happens so that no one can say: 'We didn't know - no one told us.'
The national religion in the United States is worship of all things military. And Journalists are its high priests.