Quotes on Journalism

Quotes on Journalism

People don’t actually read newspapers. They get into them every morning, like a hot bath. Marshall McLuhan


Surprise, the stuff that news is made of William E. Giles


It is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public. Oscar Wilde


Journalism is literature in a hurry. Matthew Arnold


I wanted to be a sports writer, but it took me too long to turn out my stuff. I found I could become vice president faster than I could become a newspaperman. Richard M. Nixon


Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. Napoleon Bonaparte


All I know is what I read in the papers. Will Rogers


The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses. V. I. Lenin


The most important service rendered by the press is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust. Samuel Butler


News is a business, but it is also a public trust. Dan Rather


It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about. Tom Brokaw


People everywhere confuse what they read in the newspaper with news. A. J. Liebling

Editorial writers…enter after battle and shoot the wounded. Neil E. Goldschmidt


If writing must be a precise form of communication, it should be treated like a precision instrument. It should be sharpened and it should not be used carelessly. Theodore M. Bernstein


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


Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment. Charles Lamb


I keep reading between the lies. Goodman Ace


Everything you read in the newspapers is absolutely true except for the rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge. Erwin Knoll

In the old days men had the rack, now they have the Press. Oscar Wilde


You should always believe all you read in newspapers, as this makes them more interesting. Rose Macaulay


Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read. Frank Zappa


Cronyism is the curse of journalism. After many years I have reached the conclusion that it is impossible for any objective newspaperman to be a friend of a president. Walter Lippmann


I was too old for a paper route, too young for Social Security, and too tired for an affair. Erma Bombeck, on beginning her humor column


A master passion is the love of news. George Crabbe


The permanent power brokers of this town are the columnists. Hugh Newell Jacobsen, about Washington, D.C.


All day long they lie in the sun, and when the sun goes down, they lie some more. Frank Sinatra, on Hollywood reporters

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