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 as a group, unlike all other powerful groups, require some protection from themselves, and from their own excesses.
Journalists who make mistakes get sued for libel; historians who make mistakes get to publish a revised edition.
It is no good saying we [Journalists] must report only what is true because what is true cannot always be proven.john humphrys
How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to Journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.Karl Kraus
We must constantly encourage Western Journalists to write precisely the opposite of our real intentions and anyone who writes or speaks about our real intentions accurately or impartially in the Western sense of these words must quickly be dismissed and ridiculed as someone of the Right or a fascist, someone who wants to bring back McCarthyism.ivan agayants
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
One of the greatest problems for international Journalists covering the Middle East is that people who serves as guides for Journalists are often affiliated with Islamic terrorists seeking to turn for foreign visitors against Israel.caroline glick
"I'm a little concerned about this notion everybody wants us to be objective," Jennings said.Jennings said that everyone — even Journalists — have points of view through which they filter their perception of the news. It could be race, sex or income. But, he said, reporters are ideally trained to be as objective as possible."And when we don't think we can be fully objective, to be fair."peter jennings
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.'robert fisk
A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from Journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and Journalists are trying to write fiction.graham greene
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on Journalists and politicians.henrik ibsen
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."
...deeply concerned at the Maldives government's continued repression of protestors, including beatings, pepper-spraying, and arrests. Those attacked include peaceful demonstrators, members of parliament, Journalists and bystanders.
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.
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.