Selected Quotes about Media

Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages. -- Spiro T. Agnew

When it comes to helping out, I don’t believe in doing it for the media attention. My goal is to support the organizations that need help. -- Paul Allen

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. -- W. H. Auden

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity. -- Russell Baker

Oprah told me, People are going to feel like they know you because you're on TV every single day. Get ready for it. -- Tyra Banks

The greatest felony in the news business today is to be behind, or to miss a big story. So speed and quantity substitute for thoroughness and quality, for accuracy and context. -- Carl Bernstein

I think what we try to do is bring the news to our viewers in a very comprehensive responsible way. -- Wolf Blitzer

You tell the people the stories the best you know. If there is something you don't know, you be up front and make that clear. You always give the aggrieved party the chance to respond before you publish or go to air. That's just my kind of old-fashioned news values. -- Wolf Blitzer

You have to be precise. You have to be specific, but you want to be accurate. That is first and foremost. You want to be on top of the story, but words do matter. -- Wolf Blitzer

I think that all money can do is to get your message out. Unfortunately, we live in a world where you have to use mass media to communicate with the people, and it just costs an awful lot of money. -- Michael Bloomberg

There was a time when the reader of an unexciting newspaper would remark, 'How dull is the world today!' Nowadays he says, 'What a dull newspaper!' -- Daniel J. Boorstin

The only reason this country is different from any place else is that once in a great while, this huge, snobbish, generally untalented news reporting business stops covering stories of interest only to itself and actually serves the public. -- Jimmy Breslin

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another. -- G. K. Chesterton

It is a seldom proferred argument as to the advantages of a free press that it has a major function in keeping the government itself informed as to what the government is doing. -- Walter Cronkite

Our contribution to television is entertainment, created without deviation from our conception of what entertainment should be. -- Walt Disney

Th' newspaper does ivrything f'r us. It runs th' polis foorce an' th' banks, commands th' milishy, controls th'ligislachure, baptizes th' young, marries th' foolish, comforts th' afflicted, afflicts th' comfortable, buries th' dead an' roasts thim aftherward. -- Finley Peter Dunne

But I just really think there is a natural extension into other types of media because it's an excellent system for reliably locating and retrieving content. -- Shawn Fanning

I think it's pretty obvious to most people that Napster is not media specific, but I could see a system like Napster evolving into something that allows users to locate and retrieve different types of data other than just MP3s or audio files. -- Shawn Fanning

Nobody has ever built a reliable peer-to-peer service, where people can really access all the music they want in one location,... Once I got it into my head, I couldn't imagine the media space without one. -- Shawn Fanning

News is history shot on the wing. The huntsmen from the Fourth Estate seek to bag only the peacock or the eagle of the swifting day. -- Gene Fowler

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Climate change is so big that people who study it.. and many do.. need to speak to it. They must present scientific papers, they must appear in public, they must speak to the media and we must hear their voices. In order to get policy right, policymakers.. governments.. need to make decisions based on sound science. -- Peter Garrett

The hand that rules the press, the radio, the screen and the far-spread magazine, rules the country. -- Judge Learned Hand

I've never thought of Playboy, quite frankly, as a sex magazine. I always thought of it as a lifestyle magazine in which sex was one important ingredient. -- Hugh Hefner

A great company in the media business needs visionary leaders, not a conglomerate structure headquartered in Columbus Circle that second guesses. -- Carl Icahn

Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire. -- Pope John Paul II

When you talk about risk, there was some risk because of the television. We’d gotten entrenched enough that there was an income to follow our projects. -- Terri Irwin

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. -- Thomas Jefferson

No news at 4:30 a.m. is good. -- Lady Bird Johnson

It is impossible to read the daily press without being diverted from reality. You are full of enthusiasm for the eternal verities-life is worth living, and then out of sinful curiosity you open a newspaper. You are disillusioned and wrecked. -- Patrick Kavanaugh

Media people should have long noses like an elephant to smell out politicians, mayors, prime ministers and businessmen. We need to know the reality, the good and the bad, not just the appearance. -- Dalai Lama

The window to the world can be covered by a newspaper. -- Stanislaw Lec

The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money. -- A. J. Liebling

It is not enough to show people how to live better: there is a mandate for any group with enormous powers of communication to show people how to be better. -- Marya Mannes

Surely the glory of journalism is its transience. -- Malcolm Muggeridge

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow. There's nothing tangible of yesterday. All I can say I've done is agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes and then boom -- it's gone. -- Edward R. Murrow

Watergate had become the center of the media's universe, and during the remaining year of my presidency the media tried to force everything else to revolve around it. -- Richard Nixon

The history of media is the market share of advertising dollars has followed.. albeit with a lag. -- James Packer

The journalistic vision sharpens to the point of maximum impact every event, every individual and social configuration; but the honing is uniform. -- George Steiner

We tell the public which way the cat is jumping. The public will take care of the cat. -- Arthur Hays Sulzberger

To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, an they who edit and read it are old women over their tea. -- Henry David Thoreau

You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on. -- Harry S Truman

Of course, it is possible for any citizen with time to spare, and a canny eye, to work out what is actually going on, but for the many there is not time, and the network news is the only news even though it may not be news at all but only a series of flashing fictions... -- Gore Vidal

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, [journalism] keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. -- Oscar Wilde

The internet's a driving force in the change from mass media to "my media", in which consumers will be their own programmers. -- Jerry Yang

First and foremost, the internet is unique since it is THE only interactive medium -- and that's important because from a content, service, and communications perspective, we web folks try to take advantage of that interactivity. -- Jerry Yang

I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth. -- William Butler Yeats

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