Journalism quotes

January 17, 2007 | By | Reply More

I reviewed about six sources for quotes to find quotes about journalism and media.  Here are some of my favorites. 

  • People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. — A. J. Liebling (1904 – 1963)
  • To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter. –Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947)
  • Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive. — G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)
  • A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not. –Henry Fielding (1707 – 1754)
  • The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. — Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)
  • Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your home. — David Frost
  • All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching? –Nicholas Johnson
  • Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other. –Ann Landers
  • The television commercial is the most efficient power packed capsule of education that appears anywhere on TV. — C. L. Gray
  • In journalism: a profession whose business it is to explain to others what you personally do not understand. — Lord Northcliffe
  • The press, the movies, radio and television bear a large share of the responsibility for the climate of fear . . . which has an envelope our country and which has become such a threat to our freedom. — William T. Evjue
  • The things that bother a press about a president will ultimately bother the country. — David Halberstam
  • Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space. — Rebecca West
  • Whenever people are well-informed they can’t be trusted with their own government. — Thomas Jefferson

I noticed that many current issues have been well-addressed before, sometimes hundreds of years ago. 

A good quote: a book in every sentence.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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