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
Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters' Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. It is not a figure of speech, or a witty saying; it is a literal fact, - very momentous to us in these times.
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.
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.'
In a world where everyone is a publisher, no one is an editor and that is the danger we face today.
I don't want to be part of the story. I want to be an anonymous, quiet onlooker who tries to work out what the hell is happening - its not easy - and then tells other people about it. I don't like being a figure in the thing.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.
You cannot hope to bribe or twist, thank God! the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to.
[The opposition Press] which is in the hands of malecontents who have failed in their career.
Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporter's gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate more important far than they all.thomas carlyle
A parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the Twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.thomas carlyle
Only a newspaper! Quick read, quick lost, Who sums the treasure that it carries hence? Torn, trampled under feet, who counts thy cost, Star-eyed intelligence?
The highest reach of a news-writer is an empty Reasoning on Policy, and vain Conjectures on the public Management.
The News-writer lies down at Night in great Tranquillity, upon a piece of News which corrupts before Morning, and which he is obliged to throw away as soon as he awakes.
Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.Charles Lamb
The newspapers! Sir, they are the most villanous licentious abominable infernal not that I ever read them no I make it a rule never to look into a newspaper.Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Here shall the Press the People's right maintain, Unawed by influence and unbribed by gain; Here Patriot Truth her glorious precepts draw, Pledged to Religion, Liberty, and Law.joseph story
In America the president reigns for four years, and journalism governs forever and ever.
Journalism largely consists in saying "Lord Jones Dead" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.