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The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
Anonymous associates of David Sarnoff's in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

We journalists... are also extremely impressed with scientists, and we will, frankly, print just about any wacky thing they tell us, especially if it involves outer space.
Dave Barry

I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust. 
Charles Baudelaire

Harmony seldom makes a headline. 
Silas Bent

No news is good news.  No journalists is even better. 
Nicolas Bentley

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
Daniel J. Boorstin

For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news.
Gloria Borger

It is only righteous that Joshua Coppersmiths, who has tried to find investors to finance the development of a so-called telephone, is arrested for fraud!
Article in the Boston Post (1865)

The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were. 
David Brinkley

The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Journalism largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
G. K. Chesterton

This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it.
Alexander Cockburn

The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.
Bill Cosby

Television is for appearing on - not for looking at.
Noel Coward

Too strong a media emphasis on death and violence can lead to despair.
Dalai Lama

I've always said there's a place for the press but they haven't dug it yet. 
Tommy Docherty

Radio is just a fashion contrivance that will soon die out. It is obvious that there never will be invented a proper receiver!
Thomas Edison

Journalism is organized gossip.
Edward Eggleston

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

In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.
Ellen Goodman

The telephone is the greatest single enemy of scholarship; for what our intellectual forebears used to inscribe in ink now goes once over a wire into permanent oblivion.
Stephen Jay Gould

The news is staged, anticipated, reported, analyzed until all interest is wrung from it and abandoned for some new novelty.
Thomas Griffith

Newspapers:  dead trees with information smeared on them. 
Horizon, "Electronic Frontier"

The faculty of attention has utterly vanished from the Anglo-Saxon mind, extinguished at its source by the big bayadère of journalism, of the newspaper and the picture magazine which keeps screaming, "Look at me."  Illustrations, loud simplifications... bill poster advertising - only these stand a chance. 
Henry James

Thomas Jefferson

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. 

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.

The secret of successful journalism is to make your readers so angry they will write half your paper for you. 
C.E.M. Joad

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read:  "President Can't Swim." 
Lyndon B. Johnson

The radio has no future!
Lord Kelvin, British Mathematician (1897)

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

I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up.
Tom Lehrer

Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists. 
Norman Mailer

I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets. 

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
Sir William Osler

We live under a government of men and morning newspapers. 
Wendell Phillips

I hope we never live to see the day when a thing is as bad as some of our newspapers make it
Will Rogers

Journalists aren't supposed to praise things.  It's a violation of work rules almost as serious as buying drinks with our own money or absolving the CIA of something. 
P.J. O'Rourke

Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation. 
George Bernard Shaw

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.
Edith Sitwell

What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising?
Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.
Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Dealing with the media is more difficult that bathing a leper.
Mother Teresa


When you're arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing.

If you saw a man drowning and you could either save him or photograph the event... what kind of film would you use? 

If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed.  If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed. 

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
H. M. Warner, founder of Warner Brothers film studios, 1927

This `telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.
Western Union internal memo, 1876

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever.
Oscar Wilde

Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract instead of under observation.
Walter Winchell

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

Last updated: March 3, 2011

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