If you saw a man drowning and

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

Television has a real problem they have

Television has a real problem.  They have no page two.  Consequently every big story gets the same play and comes across to the viewer as a really big, scary one.  ~Art Buchwald, 1969

If youre not careful the newspapers will

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.  ~Malcolm X

I always turn to the sports section

I always turn to the sports section first.  The sports section records people’s accomplishments; the front page nothing but man’s failures.  ~Earl Warren, quoted in Sports Illustrated, 22 July 1968BGQ

We cant quite decide if the world

We can’t quite decide if the world is growing worse, or if the reporters are just working harder.  ~The Houghton Line, November 1965

It was while making newspaper deliveries trying

It was while making newspaper deliveries, trying to miss the bushes and hit the porch, that I first learned the importance of accuracy in journalism.  ~Charles OsgoodDefending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack qtd in rdqq

In the real world right thing never

In the real world, the right thing never happens in the right place and the right time.  It is the job of journalists and historians to make it appear that it has.  ~Mark Twain

The public have an insatiable curiosity to

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything.  Except what is worth knowing.  Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, 1891LCD

Burke said there were three estates in

Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all.  ~Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero-WorshipMCTO; The term, “fourth estate,” which refers to journalism, is attributed to the historian Carlyle, though Carlyle himself attributes it to Edmund Burke. In its original sense, the press was the addition to the three estates of the nobility, the church and the common folk, which had parliamentary representation in pre-Revolution France. In its modern sense, however, the media are the addition to the executive, the legislative and the judiciary, which are the three ways by which the people might be heard.

All of us learn to write by

All of us learn to write by the second grade, then most of us go on to other things.  ~Bobby Knight, on reportersBS

I do not mean to be the

I do not mean to be the slightest bit critical of TV newspeople, who do a superb job, considering that they operate under severe time constraints and have the intellectual depth of hamsters.  But TV news can only present the "bare bones" of a story; it takes a newspaper, with its capability to present vast amounts of information, to render the story truly boring.  ~Dave Barry

Trying to determine what is going on

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.  ~Ben HechtPCR