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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.
I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.
Harmony seldom makes a headline.
No news is good news. No journalists is even better.
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.
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.
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.
The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.
Television is for appearing on - not for looking at.
Too strong a media emphasis on death and violence can lead to despair.
I've always said there's a place for the press but they haven't dug it yet.
Radio is just a fashion contrivance that will soon die out. It is obvious that there never will be invented a proper receiver!
Journalism is organized gossip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up.
Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
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.
I hope we never live to see the day when a thing is as bad as some of our newspapers make it
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.
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.
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.
Dealing with the media is more difficult that bathing a leper.
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.
Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract instead of under observation.
Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read
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