Journalist Quotes

 A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. 
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 A lesson to be remembered in politics is never ignore an untruth or major inaccuracy printed about yourself or your party. If it is allowed to go unchecked, it becomes fact by default, and other journalists, months later, will quote it as folklore. 
Author: Don Leslie Chipp
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 August 1925  - d. 28 August 2006
  
 A news sense is really a sense of what is important, what is vital, what has color and life-what people are interested in. That's journalism. 
Author: Burton Rascoe
Nationality: American
b. 22 October 1892  - d. 19 March 1957
  
 Airplanes used to stop at the gate. Now they make a complete stop at the gate area. From which you proceed to the baggage claim area and on to the New York, or Dallas, or San Francisco area. It is a cloudy word that has blanketed, and hence obliterated, the differences between neighborhood, district, part of town, region, state, topic, theme. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 Alas, poor Yorick! How surprised he would be to see how his counterpart of today is whisked off to a funeral parlour and is in short order sprayed, sliced, pierced, pickled, trussed, trimmed, creamed, waxed, painted, rouged and neatly dressed- transformed from a common corpse into a Beautiful Memory Picture. 
Author: Jessica Mitford
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 22 July 1996
  
 All the news that's fit to print. 
Author: Adolph Simon Ochs
Nationality: American
b. 12 March 1858  - d. 08 April 1935
  
 Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 Anyone who doesn't watch rugby league is not a real person. He's a cow's hoof, an ethnic, senile or comes from Melbourne. 
Author: John Singleton
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 November 1941
  
 As I get older, I've learned to listen to people rather than accuse them of things. 
Author: Po Bronson
Nationality: American
b. December 1964
  
 As the former head of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev was widely hailed as the man who brought an end to the Cold War. 
Author: Bryant Gumbel
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1948
  
 Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Before the last election, John Howard claimed we were under attack from a few boatloads of desperate asylum seekers. Now it seems, the enemy is within, and he is urging us to dob in anyone who is suspicious, to the National Security Hotline. What will be the fate of those who are defined as 'suspicious'? I intend to dob in John Howard to the hotline as I consider his support for pre-emptive strikes against our neighbours and his infatuation with the intellectually gifted George W. Bush a direct threat to our long term security and national interest. 
Author: Rosemary Costin
Nationality: Australian   
 But what is the difference between literature and journalism?...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 By the time Baghdad fell, the supposed reasons for the invasion, like Osama bin Laden and Saddam himself, were still missing. Despite the best efforts of the Murdoch group's poisonous coverage, and numerous false alarms, no 'weapons of mass destruction', one of the worst of the Iraq adventure's clichés, had been found, anywhere. 
Author: Alan Ramsey
Nationality: Australian
b. 03 January 1938
  
 Dealing with network executives is like being nibbled to death by ducks. 
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 Debate is the death of conversation. 
Author: Emil Ludwig
Nationality: German
b. 25 January 1881  - d.  December 1948
  
 Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it. 
Author: Russell Lynes
Nationality: American
b. December 1910  - d.  December 1991
  
 Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 History is always best written generations after the event, when clouded fact and memory have all fused into what can be accepted as truth, whether it be so or not. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 I apologise to the election workers assassinated, the police trainees blown up, the parents of children caught in crossfire and everyone else that the planners and executors of the invasion that I supported, and still support, may have let down by neglect or stupidity. I recognise their bravery and their determination to succeed despite everything. 
Author: David Aaronovitch
Nationality: British
b. 8 July 1954
  
 I love children - especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away. 
Author: Nancy Mitford
Nationality: British
b. December 1904  - d.  December 1973
  
 I slip from workaholic to bum real easy. 
Author: Matthew Broderick
Nationality: American
b. 21 March 1962
  
 I think there ought to be a club in which preachers and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism of the one matched with the cynicism of the other. That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Internet publishing can be more powerful than print journalism, given its immediacy and lack of corporate or governmental filters. 
Author: Dave Winer
Nationality: American
b. 2 May 1955
  
 It is hard to write about politicians, see them at such close range, and still think of any of them as heroes. 
Author: Robert Novak
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1930
  
 It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that the Internet has evolved into a force strong enough to reflect the greatest hopes and fears of those who use it. After all, it was designed to withstand nuclear war, not just the puny huffs and puffs of politicians and religious fanatics. 
Author: Denise Caruso
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 It was very much a law designed with a lot of political agenda behind it, very much directed against the media, and it's a law that I don't think a lot of journalists would be comfortable with because on the other side, it's quite proper for a juror to approach the media without a fee and deliver the story. 
Author: Richard Ackland
Nationality: Australian   
 Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favour of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Journalism is literature in a hurry. 
Author: Matthew Arnold
Nationality: English
b. 24 December 1822  - d. 15 April 1888
  
 Journalism is merely history's first draft. 
Author: Geoffrey C. Ward
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1940
  
 Journalism is unreadable, and literature is unread. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true. 
Author: Arnold Bennett
Nationality: English
b. 27 May 1867  - d. 27 March 1931
  
 Knowledgeable fellows tell me the M-1 missile was never tested in nose-to-tail deployment through sand; high-speed fighter planes are of little use against tanks, as are the hand-guided TOW anti-tank missiles in close engagements. The stealths and the B-52's are wildly inaccurate and would probably end up hitting the four Shiite holy places at Karbala, Najaf, Kadhimain and Samarra. 
Author: Alexander Cockburn
Nationality: American
b. 06 June 1941
  
 Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once. 
Author: Cyril Connolly
Nationality: English
b. 10 September 1903  - d. 26 November 1974
  
 Live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us. 
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 Mal Colston has avoided prosecution for various alleged offences, citing his impending demise as the reason for not facing charges. Don't you just hate it when politicians break their promises. 
Author: Russ Grigg
Nationality: Australian   
 Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 No doubt, my wife's sister would make some paralysed deaf mute a good wife - but I'll say no more. After all, blood is thicker than water. But then so is soup, and even water is of some use when you can't get anything else - but still, I will say no more. Never let it be said that I ever said anything derogatory of that parrot-brained Gorgon. 
Author: Lennie Lower
Nationality: Australian
b. 24 September 1903  - d. 19 July 1947
  
 Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of the pleasures; costs nothing and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and him who receives, and thus, like mercy, it is twice blessed. 
Author: Erastus Wiman
Nationality: Canadian
b. 21 April 1834  - d. 9 February 1904
  
 Of one thing the executive may be sure: that the majority want more of the good things of life, and if they can get them without undue personal effort, so much the better. So the executive naturally tends to promise material gain, contingent of course on his remaining in power. The impetus to personal rule is obvious. 
Author: Felix Morley
Nationality: American
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1982
  
 One issue that is sure to come up in the fall campaign that has already surfaced is Bush cozying up to the self-described religious right, including the Reverends Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Patience would help. The Germans called the period after the Nazi defeat in 1945 Stunde Null - Zero Hour. Their cities were pulverised, industries destroyed, their towns full of refugees and millions of men were POWs. The country was divided by the Allies, and administered by a military government. It took four years for a new state, the Federal Republic of Germany, to come into existence. Nor were things quick on the economic front - the Marshall Plan only started in mid 1947. No 24-hour news stations then. Iraq begins its new life with several advantages. It has not been destroyed and it possesses a substantial natural asset. Nor is it regarded by its occupiers as a defeated nation, but as a liberated one. 
Author: David Aaronovitch
Nationality: British
b. 8 July 1954
  
 Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment. 
Author: Elizabeth Hailey
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1938
  
 Publicity, publicity, PUBLICITY is the greatest moral factor and force in our public life. 
Author: Joseph Pulitzer
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1847  - d. 29 October 1911
  
 Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers. 
Author: Jimmy Breslin
Nationality: American
b. 17 October 1930
  
 Same-sex marriages. The name implies that the value of heterosexual marriages goes down once you let homosexuals into the institution There goes the neighborhood. I don't buy this realtor's view of relationships. Gay and lesbian couples who want to wed aren't trying to assail the grounds for marriage. They're trying to share them. If anything, they want to stabilize the gay community. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 She knows what is the best purpose of education: not to be frightened by the best but to treat it as part of daily life. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 She must know all the needs of a rational being, Be skilled to keep counsel, To comfort, To coax And, above all things else, Be accomplished at seeing My jokes. 
Author: Sir Owen Seaman
Nationality: British
b. 18 September 1861  - d. 2 February 1936
  
 Since people, in a competitive or any other society, are by no means always just to each other, some regulation by the state in its capacity of umpire is unavoidable, What must be kept in mind is that the greatest injustice of all is done when the umpire forgets that he too is bound by the rules, and begins to make them as between contestants on behalf of his own prejudices. 
Author: Felix Morley
Nationality: American
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1982
  
 Surfs up: the water's warm: watch out for fins.  
Author: Headline
Nationality: Australian   
 The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 The images of smiling children and cheering crowds in Iraq have been overtaken by a new, much more disturbing portrait of anarchy and fear. Looters, who began by going after the offices and homes of Saddam Hassein's henchman, have moved on to stores, warehouses and even hospitals. That was not the vision of freedom the US was selling when it began. Military officials have reason to be reluctant about performing police duties. Their troops are trained to fight a war, not to arrest bank robbers. They are unfamiliar with Iraqi culture and do not speak Arabic. There are bound to be threatening incidents, and the Arab world is likely to see American street patrols as the first step in a new American dictatorship. But there is no alternative for the military other than to restore order. It must police the streets and make Iraq safe enough for aid workers to bring in food, water and medical supplies, and it must work to restore electricity and water. 
Author: Newspaper The New York Times
Nationality: American   
 The last person to achieve unambiguous victory in an air war was Zeus. 
Author: Tony Snow
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1955  - d. 12 July 2008
  
 The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else do it wrong, without comment. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 The president's attackers are a motley band consisting primarily of perjuring partisan politicians; strumpets, Nixon apologists, hired guns for cigarette companies, felons, judges who trade favors for jobs; bitter defeated pathetic former rivals of the president; Hillary-hating misogynists; trollops and hate radio hucksters, feeding on an endless line of lies and half-truths to jealous journalists and envious editorialists more concerned with their own self-importance and trashing the good reputation of a great state than of truth. 
Author: Paul Begala
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1961
  
 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. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 The question of whether or not there are caches of weapons of mass destruction appears to have become academic. The 'liberation' of the Iraqi people and not the elimination of WMD appears to be the rationale for the miseries inflicted on the Iraqi people. What will be the form of the new administration that will consolidate this 'liberation'? 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 The war is not going well. The Taliban have not yielded ground. Not a single important Taliban leader has been killed, or captured or has defected. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 They lay in lines, the car salesman who'd lost his eye and was still dribbling blood; the motorcyclist hit by a shell fired at him by American troops near the Rashid Hotel; the 50-year-old female civil servant, her body pockmarked with shrapnel from an American cluster bomb. For the civilians of Baghdad, this is the real, immoral face of war. 
Author: Robert Fisk
Nationality: British
b. 12 July 1946
  
 This was no war but a travesty. It was an invasion by 300,000 military forces to 'disarm' Saddam Hussein of his 'weapons of mass destruction'. It was not about 'regime change.' We know this because our Prime Minister, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said so, repeatedly, for months. And he wouldn't lie, would he? This was a 'war' to strip a 'rogue state' of biological and chemical weapons to keep them out of the hands of 'international terrorists' and 'other rogue states.' When Baghdad fell on the 22nd day of the Anglo-American invasion, with Australia's tiny force no more than the military tea lady, the outcome in numbers, as reported from US central command at Doha, Qatar: US forces 2555,000, British forces 45,000; Australian forces 2,000. Casualties: US 101 dead, 11 missing, seven captured; British 30 dead; Australian nil. Iraq military, between 5,000 and 10,000 dead (estimate) Iraq civilians 600 dead and 4,000 wounded (estimate). 
Author: Alan Ramsey
Nationality: Australian
b. 03 January 1938
  
 Time is a cruel thief to rob us of our former selves. We lose as much to life as we do to death. 
Author: Elizabeth Hailey
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1938
  
 To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun? 
Author: Katherine Meyer Graham
Nationality: American
b. 16 June 1917  - d. 17 July 2001
  
 Two of the most searing quotes of the 'war' have emerged this week from the fog of deceit that has laid over everything the Bush White House has manipulated in ousting the Saddam regime. One was the courageous statement of Dr. Ameer Ali, the president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils: 'The Muslim people of Iraq are fodder for the war machines of America'. Nothing has been truer. 
Author: Alan Ramsey
Nationality: Australian
b. 03 January 1938
  
 We had a journalistic profession once, with standards, integrity, comradeship and a measure of decency. That profession, and that professionalism, is fast fading from the world. 
Author: Bob Ellis
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1942
  
 What bothers me about the journalistic tendency to reduce unmanageable reality to self-contained, movie like little dramas is not just that we falsify when we do this. It is also that we really miss the good story. 
Author: Meg Greenfield
Nationality: American
b. December 1930  - d.  December 1999
  
 When your a politician, the worst slip is saying what you really think. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 While Fidel Castro is widely criticized for a lot of things, there is no question that Castro feels a very deep and abiding connection to those Cubans who are still in Cuba. There's little doubt in my mind that Fidel Castro was sincere when he said, 'Listen, we really want this child back here'. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Women? I love women. Life would have been virtually zero without them. Journalism? I really feel like I am a journalist ... And courage? I had a boat named Courageous. 
Author: Ted Turner
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1938
  
 You might feel proud, Prime Minister, but I do not, and I venture to suggest very many of our fellow Australians feel exactly the same as me. And I don't give a toss what the opinion polls say. 
Author: Alan Ramsey
Nationality: Australian
b. 03 January 1938
  
 You've got to pity the poor Democrats in Congress. Most of them are on record against capital punishment, since they naturally don't want to diminish their constituent base. 
Author: Wes Pruden
Nationality: American   
 You've got to pity the poor Democrats in Congress. Most of them are on record against capital punishment, since they naturally donít want to diminish their constituent base. 
Author: Wes Pruden
Nationality: American   
 When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism.  
Author: Jim Allen Hightower
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1943
  
 Journalism is the entertainment business. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 Just make sure your intentions are not pretensions. 
Author: Emil Ludwig
Nationality: German
b. 25 January 1881  - d.  December 1948
  
 The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender. 
Author: Emil Ludwig
Nationality: German
b. 25 January 1881  - d.  December 1948
  
 Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.  
Author: Russell Lynes
Nationality: American
b. December 1910  - d.  December 1991
  
 Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.  
Author: Archibald MacLeish
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1892  - d. 20 April 1982
  
 Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world. 
Author: Archibald MacLeish
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1892  - d. 20 April 1982
  
 To separate journalism and poetry, therefore-history and poetry-to set them up at opposite ends of the world of discourse, is to separate seeing from the feel of seeing, emotion from the acting of emotion, knowledge from the realization of knowledge. 
Author: Archibald MacLeish
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1892  - d. 20 April 1982
  
 If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 Publishers are notoriously slothful about numbers, unless they're attached to dollar signs - unlike journalists, quarterbacks, and felony criminal defendants who tend to be keenly aware of numbers at all times. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding. 
Author: Kenneth Peacock Tynan
Nationality: English
b. December 1927  - d.  December 1980
  
 In recurring episodes over the next couple of decades, the minority view gradually won. A profusion of factors differentiates each case from the others, including naked partisanship on both sides, but the trend has been clear. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant. Denying people information they would find useful because you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship, not journalism. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 In terms of his fitness for elected office, the fact that Schwarzenegger bragged about this episode in a published interview makes the question of whether it really happened almost irrelevant. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, named Ted Kennedy. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 It's also worth knowing if a politician is a liar and hypocrite, which he is if he's campaigning with his wife and canoodling with someone else. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 A couple of weeks ago, the court ruled that states cannot exempt themselves from federal laws against the medical use of marijuana. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 A Supreme Court decision that concessions of this sort were unconstitutional would have taken them off the table and actually increased the effective sovereignty of elected officials. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 It's disgusting even if it was consensual all around. It's disgusting even though Arnold wasn't married at the time. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 It's disgusting even if this amounts to applying the standards of the 21st century to events of the mid-1970s. Schwarzenegger isn't running for governor of California in 1975. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Liberals have long suspected that this was a decoy and that once conservatives had control of the federal courts they would twist their mustaches, laugh contemptuously and reveal the various policies they planned to impose by judicial fiat. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Kennedy challenged the incumbent president, Jimmy Carter, for the 1980 Democratic nomination. But he was thought to be a "womanizer," and the press was in an agony of indecision about how to deal with adultery by a politician. Apparently this was something that never had happened before. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Like almost all assertions of federal power over the states, this one was based on the Constitution's commerce clause. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Like similar statements from George W. Bush about his drinking and Dan Quayle about evading the draft, Schwarzenegger has said he didn't know back then that he'd be running for governor today. Which works fine as an explanation, but fails miserably as exoneration. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 One answer is that the town's elected officials thought that the project served a public purpose and that the various subsidies and favors were worth the price. But they may or may not have thought this. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 So the danger of conservative judicial activism has been averted for another year. Stay tuned 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Some sexual habits reflect an attitude toward other people, especially women, that is worth knowing about in the voting booth. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The case decided on Thursday, though, seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn't about compensation. It was about the requirement that any government taking must have a "public purpose."  
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The court ruled, 5 to 4, that yuppification is a valid public purpose. Or at least it was reasonable for the city to promote yuppification. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The logic is often far-fetched - how does medical marijuana affect interstate commerce? - and some conservatives would like judges to start throwing out federal laws wholesale on commerce clause grounds. The court once again said no thanks. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 There were veiled and unexplained references to Kennedy's "private life" as a matter of potential concern. And there were earnest media-crit discussions about the issue of whether the issue should be an issue, which necessarily involved at least a hint or two of what exactly the issue might be. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 This arrangement reflected the majority view among journalists at the time that a politician's sex life was politically irrelevant. The minority view, mine among others, was the opposite. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 They can't take your house and give it to the mayor's mistress, even if they pay you for it. But they can, apparently, take your house and tear it down to make room for a development of trendy shops and restaurants, a hotel and so on. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 True, you can't nail Arnold on hypocrisy. He told this story on himself 26 years ago and hasn't troubled to deny it since it re-emerged. In fact, if there is any dishonesty here, it may be in the anecdote itself. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Who wouldn't like a few more Starbuckses in town? The four dissenters, O'Connor, Scalia, Thomas and the Chief, said: If this is a "public purpose," what in the world is not? 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 After endless days of commuting on the freeway to an antiseptic, sealed-window office, there is a great urge to backpack in the woods and build a fire. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 In the old days one merely gawked at these unfortunates. Donahue's genius is to get them to talk. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 You should always believe what you read in the newspapers, for that makes them more interesting. 
Author: Dame Emilie Rose Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 01 August 1881  - d. 30 October 1958
  
 In the last 15 or 20 years, I've watched the British press simply go to hell. There seems to be no limit, no depths to which the tabloids won't sink. I don't know who these people are but they're little pigs. 
Author: John Le Carre
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1931
  
 In so many interviews, they bring up the sexual aspect of the record. I've had some journalists say it sounds like I'm lying down in bed singing with a microphone. It gets so old! 
Author: Lucinda Williams
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1953
  
 Something got screwed up in terms of your priorities if you think it's more important to get rid of the dividend tax than it is to take care of 11 million kids. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 I am a journalist in the field of etiquette. I try to find out what the most genteel people regularly do, what traditions they have discarded, what compromises they have made. 
Author: Amy Vanderbilt
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1908  - d. 27 December 1974
  
 I obviously prefer writing novels but I take my journalism very seriously, and I enjoy doing it between novels. It gives me an opportunity to move in the outside world 
Author: Mordecai Richler
Nationality: Canadian
b. 27 January 1931  - d. 03 July 2001
  
 When I give advice to young writers, I tell them NOT to major in English or any sort of writing (especially not journalism!), but rather to get a humanities or liberal arts degree with heavy emphasis on history and general science. 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1951
  
 We call them Twinkies. You've seen them on television acting the news, modeling and fracturing the news while you wonder whether they've read the news - or if they've blow-dried their brains, too. 
Author: Linda Ellerbee
Nationality: American
b. 15 August 1944
  
 A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 America is a land where men govern, but women rule.  
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others.  
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 He played the king as if afraid someone else would play the ace. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 How prophetic L'Enfant was when he laid out Washington as a city that goes around in circles! 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 I am as content to die for God's eternal truth on the scaffold as in any other way. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 I am ready any time. Do not keep me waiting. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 No one is worthy of a good home here or in heaven that is not willing to be in peril for a good cause. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 So often we rob tomorrow's memories by today's economies.  
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 Some television programs are so much chewing gum for the eyes. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 The critic is a man who prefers the indolence of opinion to the trials of action. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 The more one has seen of the good, the more one asks for the better. 
Author: John Mason Brown
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1900  - d. 16 March 1969
  
 If the word gets out, if the perception exists that by speaking to a CBS journalist you are, therefore, inevitably, immediately speaking to the police, I don't think there's any doubt but that people won't talk. And, therefore, the public won't learn. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I think it's a change that I did not intend at the time but it is clear that, from The Flower of My Secret on, there is a change in my films. A lot of the journalists have very generously attributed this to my growing maturity. 
Author: Pedro Almodovar
Nationality: Spanish
b. 24 September 1949
  
 Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence. 
Author: Sir Kingsley Amis
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1922  - d. 22 October 1995
  
 Some of our best journalists take themselves even more seriously than the politicians they write about. 
Author: R. W. Apple, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1934  - d. 4 October 2006
  
 Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about. 
Author: Tom Brokaw
Nationality: American
b. 06 February 1940
  
 CBS fought very hard on this because it believed and believes that there's a principle at stake here. The principle is that Dan Rather doesn't work for the police, and that people that speak to Dan Rather understand that he's a journalist and not a police agent. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I wanted to be a journalist, I thought it was glamorous and that I'd meet beautiful women in the rain. 
Author: Bill Nighy
Nationality: English
b. 12 December 1949
  
 Journalism never admits that nothing much is happening. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 I'm a Christopher Hitchens fan myself. But no one has thinner skins than journalists, in my experience, and I come from a family of them. They can dish it out but they can't take it. But the reason I don't like the topic, why I don't really say anything about a whiner like Fisk, is it gives them more oxygen. 
Author: John Malkovich
Nationality: American
b. 9 December 1953
  
 The courage in journalism is sticking up for the unpopular, not the popular. 
Author: Geraldo Rivera
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1943
  
 Roosevelt had a debonair attitude of pulling tricks out of a bag. 
Author: Felix Morley
Nationality: American
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1982
  
 The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.  
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 I don't trust a lot of journalists. 
Author: Calvin Klein
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1942
  
 If I allow journalists to describe a collection and they make mistakes, I'm upset, because the retractions are never noticed.  
Author: Calvin Klein
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1942
  
 Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos. 
Author: Ben Hecht
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1894  - d. 18 April 1964
  
 Good journalism, I think, represents life and if you try to organize something too neatly it usually blows up in your face and doesn't really happen the way you want it to. 
Author: John Pomfret
Nationality: American   
 Stanford had no journalism program so I just learned by doing, effectively. 
Author: John Pomfret
Nationality: American   
 One of the problems that we have as American journalists is that we bring the American cultural baggage with us and we plop it down and it follows us around and that's just a fact of life. 
Author: John Pomfret
Nationality: American   
 The desire to become a journalist came really because I very much like living abroad, and like to travel, and wanted to be paid for it. 
Author: John Pomfret
Nationality: American   
 Our republic and its press will rise or fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalism of future generations. 
Author: Joseph Pulitzer
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1847  - d. 29 October 1911
  
 There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy. Get these things out in the open, describe them, attack them, ridicule them in the press, and sooner or later public opinion will sweep them away. Publicity may not be the only thing that is needed, but it is the one thing without which all other agencies will fail. 
Author: Joseph Pulitzer
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1847  - d. 29 October 1911
  
 The journalist's job is not to achieve some mythical state of equilibrium between two opposing opinions out of some misshapen respect - sometimes, alas, reverence - for the prevailing consensus among the powers-that-be. The journalist's job is to seek out and offer the public the best thinking on an issue, event, or story. 
Author: Bill Moyers
Nationality: American
b. 5 June 1934
  
 The methods by which the "Empire of Business" maintains its control over journalism are four: First, ownership of the papers; second, ownership of the owners; third, advertising subsidies; and fourth, direct bribery. By these methods there exists in America a control of news and of current comment more absolute than any monopoly in any other industry. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 Journalism is one of the devices whereby industrial autocracy keeps its control over political democracy; it is the day-by-day, between-elections propaganda, whereby the minds of the people are kept in a state of acquiescence, so that when the crisis of an election comes, they go to the polls and cast their ballots for either one of the two candidates of their exploiters. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon. 
Author: Tom Stoppard
Nationality: British
b. 3 July 1937
  
 It is grievous to read the papers in most respects, I agree. More and more I skim the headlines only, for one can be sure what is carried beneath them quite automatically, if one has long been a reader of the press journalism. 
Author: Mary Ritter Beard
Nationality: American
b. 5 August 1876  - d. 14 August 1958
  
 Hype is the awkward and desperate attempt to convince journalists that what you've made is worth the misery of having to review it. 
Author: Frederico Fellini
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 January 1920  - d. 31 October 1993
  
 A veteran journalist has never had time to think twice before he writes. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 You can't tell a millionaire's son from a billionaire's. 
Author: Vance Packard
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1914  - d. 12 December 1996
  
 The difference between a top-flight creative man and the hack is his ability to express powerful meanings indirectly. 
Author: Vance Packard
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1914  - d. 12 December 1996
  
 Ideology, politics and journalism, which luxuriate in failure, are impotent in the face of hope and joy.  
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 I didn't dig it out, it was given to me. They thought it was significant, they gave me the name and I used it. 
Author: Robert Novak
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1930
  
 Nobody from the administration has officially rejected my column. 
Author: Robert Novak
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1930
  
 I'd like CBS, at this point, to say where they got those documents from. I think they should say where they got these documents because I thought it was a very poor job of reporting by CBS. 
Author: Robert Novak
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1930
  
 Fortune has dealt with me rather too well. I have known little struggle, not much poverty, many generosities. Now and then I have, for my books or myself, been somewhat warmly denounced - there was one good pastor in California who upon reading my Elmer Gantry desired to lead a mob and lynch me, while another holy man in the state of Maine wondered if there was no respectable and righteous way of putting me in jail. And, much harder to endure than any raging condemnation, a certain number of old acquaintances among journalists, what in the galloping American slang we call the "I Knew Him When Club", have scribbled that since they know me personally, therefore I must be a rather low sort of fellow and certainly no writer. But if I have now and then received such cheering brickbats, still I, who have heaved a good many bricks myself, would be fatuous not to expect a fair number in return. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 I do not share the disdain - which frequently presents as cynicism - of Australian politicians that finds expression in the work of all too many journalists, academics and commentators. Never have. In my view, Australia has been well governed since European settlement in 1788. The one obvious exception has turned on the policy failures which occurred consequent upon the interaction of a modern Western society with a traditional indigenous society. For the rest, certainly mistakes have been made by governments and their advisers. But error is part of the human condition - and has been ever since The Fall. The facts indicate that, when compared with other democracies, Australia has been relatively well governed. And, of course, all democracies deliver better outcomes than dictatorships - however benign. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Like the Menzies Government, the Howard Government has been very successful at elections. Yet the voice of the Howard-haters and Bush-haters and Blair-haters is still heard loudly in the humanities departments at the universities, within some professions, among many journalists and overwhelmingly at the various taxpayer subsidised literary festivals or so-called festivals of ideas (which are all too frequently festivals of one leftist idea). In other words, the left still prevails within many of Australia's key non-government institutions. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Wooing the press is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger. You might enjoy the meal, but the tiger always eats last. 
Author: Maureen Dowd
Nationality: American
b. 14 January 1952
  
 We journalists tell the public which way the cat is jumping. The public will take care of the cat. 
Author: Arthur Hays Sulzberger
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1891  - d. 11 December 1968
  
 Lies written in ink can never disguise truths written in blood. 
Author: Doug Anderson
Nationality: Australian   
 For I must write to The Times tonight, and save the world from sin. 
Author: Sir Alan Patrick Herbert
Nationality: English
b. 24 September 1890  - d. 11 November 1971
  
 I know that my retirement will make no difference in its [my newspaper's] cardinal principles, that it will always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty. 
Author: Joseph Pulitzer
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1847  - d. 29 October 1911
  
 It’s clear that some journalists now are in a market category where the amount of money that they can make on extracurricular activities raises, in my mind, exactly, and, clearly, in the public’s mind, exactly the same kind of conflict-of-interest questions that we are constantly raising with people in public life. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 I like Karl Rove. In the days when he was operating from Austin, we had many long and rewarding conversations. I have eaten quail at his table and admired the splendid Hill Country landscape from the porch of the historic cabin Karl and his wife Darby found miles away and had carted to its present site on their land. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 Several publications owe Karl Rove an apology. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 Bill Clinton came in here and he trashed the place and it wasn't his place. My view, for whatever it is worth long after the dust has settled on Monica, was that when President Clinton admitted he had lied to his Cabinet and his closest associates, to say nothing of the public, that the honorable thing was for him to have resigned. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 That is something the country will have to ponder. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 The Clintons' marriage presented an "iceberg" to the Democratic Party and the country must decide whether it is comfortable with such a sharing of the power and authority of the highest office in the land. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 I have to believe that many Republican senators will seize the opportunity Obama has provided and prove they are not as narrow-minded as their most extreme backers. And then hope that like a mirror-image of Souter, Sotomayor will surprise the world by some of her votes. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 History will record that both of them saw the threat to the West posed by terrorism and responded courageously. The wisdom of their policy and the conduct of their governments are not likely to be judged as highly. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 The way we cover news is to dig for facts in hopes that they will yield an approximation of truth. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 We cannot yet calculate the political fallout from Hurricane Katrina and its devastating human and economic consequences, but one thing seems certain: It makes the previous signs of political weakness for Bush, measured in record-low job approval ratings, instantly irrelevant and opens new opportunities for him to regain his standing with the public. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 President Bush is poised for a political comeback. Bush now shows signs of renewed energy and is regaining the initiative on several fronts. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 What other country, when attacked in an unprovoked aggression across a recognized international frontier, is then put on a countdown clock by the world, given a limited time window in which to fight back, regardless of whether it has restored its own security?" 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 If the suspicion that al Qaeda was behind the attack proved correct, the United States had no choice but to go in to war in Afghanistan. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 Hawks favor war on the grounds that Saddam Hussein is reckless, tyrannical and instinctively aggressive, and that if he comes into possession of nuclear weapons in addition to the weapons of mass destruction he already has, he is likely to use them or share them with terrorists. The threat of mass death on a scale never before seen residing in the hands of an unstable madman is intolerable - and must be preempted. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 Doves oppose war on the grounds that the risks exceed the gains. War with Iraq could be very costly, possibly degenerating into urban warfare. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 Fairness through leveling is the essence of Obamaism. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 Science has everything to say about what is possible. Science has nothing to say about what is permissible.  
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.  
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 We've shared a lot in the 24 years we've been meeting here each evening, and before I say 'Good night' this night, I need to say thank you. Thank you to the thousands of wonderful professionals at CBS News, past and present, with whom it's been my honor to work over these years. And a deeply felt thanks to all of you, who have let us into your homes night after night; it has been a privilege, and one never taken lightly. Not long after I first came to the anchor chair, I briefly signed off using the word, 'Courage.' I want to return to it now, in a different way: to a nation still nursing a broken heart for what happened here in 2001, and especially to those who found themselves closest to the events of September 11; to our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, in dangerous places; to those who have endured the tsunami, and to all who have suffered natural disasters, and must now find the will to rebuild; to the oppressed and to those whose lot it is to struggle in financial hardship or in failing health; to my fellow journalists in places where reporting the truth means risking all; and to each of you, Courage. For the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather reporting. Good night.  
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 What many of us need is a spine transplant. Whether it's City Hall, the State House, or the White House, part of our job is to speak truth to power. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Good evening. President Reagan, still training his spotlight on the economy, today signed a package of budget cuts that he will send to Congress tomorrow. Lesley Stahl has the story. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 My job is a very high trapeze act, frequently with no net. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 This race is shakier than cafeteria Jell-O. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Things are getting hotter than a Times Square Rolex. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 This thing is as tight as the rusted lugnuts on a '55 Ford. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Clinton is off to a start, rolling like a big wheel through a Georgia cotton field." 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 This race is tight like a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 He swept through the South like a tornado through a trailer park. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Don't bet the trailer money on it yet. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 It's a ding-dong battle back and forth. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Look at that. Can't get a cigarette paper between 'em. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 His chances are slim to none right now, and if he doesn't carry Florida, Slim will have left town. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 If a frog had side pockets, he'd carry a hand gun. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 You would sooner find a tall talking broccoli stick to offer to mow your lawn for free. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Turn the lights down, the party just got wilder. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 It's cardiac-arrest time in this presidential campaign. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 It's too early to say he has the whip hand. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 It's about as complicated as a wiring diagram to some dynamo. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 This election swings like one of those pendulum things. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 This will show you how tight it is - it's spandex tight. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Al Gore has his back to the wall, shirt tails on fire with this race in Florida. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 Smelling salts for all Democrats please. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 When the going gets weird, anchor men punt. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 She didn't go to school just to eat her lunch. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 There's an old saying that you should marry a girl from Texas because no matter how tough things get, she's tougher. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 I cannot remember a time when I didn't want to be a reporter. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 You can't be a good reporter and not regularly be involved in some kind of controversy. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 I have a respect for Jesse Jackson. That he was an important figure in paving the way for an Osama bin Laden to appear. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 "Thank you, Mr. President. Dan Rather, of CBS News. Mr. President.... Mr. President...." The room filled with jeers and applause, prompting Nixon to joke, "Are you running for something?" Rather replied "No, sir, Mr. President. Are you?". 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 The press is a mouth forced to be forever open and forever talking. Consequently it says a thousand times that it has nothing to say. 
Author: Alfred Victor de Vigny
Nationality: French
b. 27 March 1797  - d. 17 September 1863
  
 President Obama was "sired by a Kenyan father, born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World and reared by grandparents in Hawaii. He has no natural instinct or blood impulse for what America is about. 
Author: Wes Pruden
Nationality: American   
 Barack Obama established a new precedent for how American presidents should pay obeisance to kings, emperors, monarchs, sovereigns and assorted other authentic man-made masters of the universe. He stopped just this side of the full grovel to the emperor of Japan, risking a painful genuflection if his forehead had hit the floor with a nasty bump, which it almost did. 
Author: Wes Pruden
Nationality: American   
 I will never fail to respond to you when you call on me for help, because I believe in what you are doing to cherish and protect and preserve the heritage of our great Southern people. 
Author: Wes Pruden
Nationality: American   
 Southerners - hold loyalty to two countries in our hearts. The second country is one baptized 137 years ago on this very field in the blood of First Manassas, a country no longer at the mercy of the vicissitudes in the tangled affairs of men, a country that lives within us, a country that will endure for as long as men and women know love. God bless America, God bless the Confederate States of America, and God bless you all. 
Author: Wes Pruden
Nationality: American   
 Most of my news, I get from the radio news stations. One of the stations' advertising lines is "Give us 22 minutes, we’ll give you the world." In 22 minutes, they just have time for the headlines, so they can only really tell you what happened - which, by the way, is the news. They tell you how many people were killed in Iraq today, but they don’t then bring on some Republican senator to explain to you how that’s good. Or, on the contrary, they don’t bring in a bunch of Democrats to tell you why it’s bad. They just tell you what happened. That’s the news. I am capable of analyzing my own news. What makes these people qualified to analyze my news for me? No matter what side they’re on, I never agree with them. 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 Take away a man’s actual sense of manhood - which is conventionally based on the ability to work, to earn money, to be self-sufficient, to provide for children - and you’ve got to give them something else. And they did. This hideous religion that’s all over the country - these huge church-malls - that’s what substitutes for these lost towns. But that’s not a town. That’s a cult. A town is diverse, in a real way, not in this fake way we have now. A community is a butcher and a doctor, a minister, a town troublemaker. A "community" is not a bunch of people united by some grievance. That’s just self-righteousness - incredibly dangerous and antidemocratic. People have become so rigid; their opinions seem to them like themselves. When that happens - and it has happened, people can’t change their minds. If you are identified by your opinions - if that is the very basis of yourself - how can you change your mind? 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 I doubt there’s ever been a true thing said on Fox. Maybe the weather report, maybe not. 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt. 
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 The bigger the information media, the less courage and freedom they allow. Bigness means weakness. 
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 The difference between the men and the boys in politics is, and always has been, that the boys want to be something, while the men want to do something, 
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor. 
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 “Tenacity is a pretty fair substitute for bravery, and the best form of tenacity I know is expressed in a Danish fur trapper's principle" "The next mile is the only one a person really has to make." 
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 Consultant: any ordinary guy more than fifty miles from home. 
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 I have never quite grasped the worry about the power of the press. After all, it speaks with a thousand voices, in constant dissonance. 
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 I'm sort of a pessimist about tomorrow and an optimist about the day after tomorrow. 
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 The chief cause of problems is solutions.  
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 The most distinguished hallmark of the American society is and always has been change.  
Author: Eric Sevareid
Nationality: American
b. 26 November 1912  - d. 09 July 1992
  
 That's not something I say as a way of saying how successful we are - rather, that shows you the parlous state of the rest of the media. How is it that a team of five people has managed to release to the public more suppressed information, at that level, than the rest of the world press combined? It's disgraceful. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 WikiLeaks will not comply with legally abusive requests from Scientology any more than WikiLeaks has complied with similar demands from Swiss banks, Russian offshore stem-cell centers, former African kleptocrats, or the Pentagon. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 The sense of perspective that interaction with multiple cultures gives you I find to be extremely valuable, because it allows you to see the structure of a country with greater clarity, and gives you a sense of mental independence. You're not swept up in the trivialities of a nation. You can concentrate on the serious matters. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 It is the media that controls the boundaries of what is politically permissible, so better to change the media. Profit motives work against it, but if we can have the audience understand that most other forms of journalism are not credible, then it may be a forced move. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 That’s arguably what spy agencies do - high-tech investigative journalism. It’s time that the media upgraded its capabilities along those lines. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 Seeing ongoing political reforms that have a real impact on people all over the world is extremely satisfying. But we want every person who's having a dispute with their kindergarten to feel confident about sending us material. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 Large newspapers are routinely censored by legal costs. It is time this stopped. It is time a country said, enough is enough, justice must be seen, history must be preserved, and we will give shelter from the storm. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 I do not fear for my safety but am on permanent alert and will avoid travel to America. US public statements have all been reasonable. But some statements made in private are a bit more questionable". Politically it would be a great error for them to act. I feel perfectly safe but I have been advised by my lawyers not to travel to the US during this period. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 It is a reflection of the courage and strength of Kenyan civil society that this injustice was documented. Through the tremendous work of organizations such as the Oscar foundation, the KNHCR, Mars Group Kenya and others we had the primary support we needed to expose these murders to the world. I know that they will not rest, and we will not rest, until justice is done. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 I am not stupid enough to rent an unheated flat in Edinburgh in midwinter. It had heating. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 They went in one day from saying, 'She’s got writer’s block' to saying, 'She's been self-indulgent'. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 People have asked me whether Rita Skeeter was invented to reflect Harry Potter's popularity, but in fact she was always planned. I tried to put Rita in Philosopher's Stone – you know when Harry walks into the Leaky Cauldron for the first time and everyone says, "Mr. Potter you're back!", I wanted to put a journalist in there. She wasn't called Rita then but she was a woman. And then I thought, as I looked at the plot overall, I thought, that's not really where she fits best, she fits best in Four when Harry's supposed to come to terms with his fame. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 A lot of Democrats are not that upset with Howard Dean. Howard Dean gets out here and he says these inflammatory things, and he doesn't apologize. He doesn't back down a little bit. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Can't disagree with the need for a grasp of history. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Did I say that the President's entire job is image management? Of course not. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Don't count out other amazing programming like Frontline. You will still find more hours of in-depth news programming, investigative journalism and analysis on PBS than on any other outlet. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Folks who are getting their strokes in the South are not as unhappy with Howard Dean. You don't see anybody starting any movement to get him out of office. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 History shows that people often do cast their votes for amorphous reasons - the most powerful among them being the need for change. Just ask Bill Clinton. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Hope springs eternal, even in politics. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 I'm a preacher's kid, and we were always told, Act right all the time, because someone's always watching. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 If it were the Clinton people, they'd be sitting around figuring out how to pull themselves out. Instead the president is continuing to go around the country and peddling Social Security, which the needle is not moving on. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 If you start to catalog Hillary Clinton's positions between now and 2008, we're going to have a lot of conversations because there are a lot of places for her to go. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Is it unreasonable to have proof of citizenship when entering another country? 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 It's been years, decades, since a president has lost a major trade initiative. That would be bad headlines. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Journalists are accused of being lapdogs when they don't ask the hard questions, but then accused of being rude when they do. Good thing we have tough hides. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 On immigration, there are a lot of hurdles before anything arrives at the White House. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 One of the things that Africa needs, everybody seems to agree, is some measure of debt relief. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 People do still cheer for the President. And some of the military audiences are more likely to cheer than others. I have seen him speak lately in front of groups like Freedom House, where the applause was a long time coming. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 The common agenda both sides seem to share is: Whatever works. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 The President has launched a very agressive campaign of self-defense, with the goal of getting Americans to buy into his vision of America on the world stage. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 There seems to be more abiding interest in unearthing old memos abroad than there is here. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Tony Blair - good thing there are not parliamentary elections in this country. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 We will wait to see if it is a doozy before we decide how to cover it, and what it all means. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 We're not paying attention to the fact that Hillary Clinton is running in 2006. Everyone is looking to her for the future. It's the same with anybody else who's positioning themselves. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Whatever their motivations, lawmakers on both side of the aisle have certainly discovered that immigration is one of those issues that resonate strongly with the public. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 When the President was asked about global warming at a public appearance yesterday, he responded by talking about America's addiction to oil. You make the connection. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 You would like me to say that the veil will be ripped from the voters' eyes sometime between now and November, thereby restoring the proper version of Democracy to the House and Senate. I won't say that, of course. The simple reason is, I don't know. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 I’ve got a pretty long track record covering politics and news, so I’m not particularly worried that one-day blog chatter is going to destroy my reputation. The proof is in the pudding. They can watch the debate tomorrow night and make their own decisions about whether or not I’ve done my job. 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Do you think they made the same assumptions about Lou Cannon - who is white - when he wrote his book about Reagan? 
Author: Gwendolyn Ifill
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1955
  
 Since God was completely unknown and eternally silent, He could be endowed with whatever traits one elected to hang upon Him. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Life is God's novel. Let him write it. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 I don't invent characters because the Almightly has already invented millions… Just like experts at fingerprints do not create fingerprints but learn how to read them. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise… Because that is how life is - full of surprises. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 The Jewish people have been in exile for 2,000 years; they have lived in hundreds of countries, spoken hundreds of languages and still they kept their old language, Hebrew. They kept their Aramaic, later their Yiddish; they kept their books; they kept their faith. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Children don't read to find their identity, to free themselves from guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion or to get rid of alienation. They have no use for psychology. They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff. When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don't expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish illusions.  
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Take three quarts of duck's milk... 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 I started to "write" even before I knew the alphabet. I would dip a pen in ink and scribble. I also liked to draw - horses, houses, dogs. The Sabbath was an ordeal for me, because it is forbidden to write on that day. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 The storyteller and poet of our time, as in any other time, must be an entertainer of the spirit in the full sense of the word, not just a preacher of social or political ideals. There is no paradise for bored readers and no excuse for tedious literature that does not intrigue the reader, uplift him, give him the joy and the escape that true art always grants. Nevertheless, it is also true that the serious writer of our time must be deeply concerned about the problems of his generation. He cannot but see that the power of religion, especially belief in revelation, is weaker today than it was in any other epoch in human history. More and more children grow up without faith in God, without belief in reward and punishment, in the immortality of the soul and even in the validity of ethics. The genuine writer cannot ignore the fact that the family is losing its spiritual foundation. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Objectivity? I've always had an objective. 
Author: Jessica Mitford
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 22 July 1996
  
 Now there is a society where the funeral industry got completely out of control. 
Author: Jessica Mitford
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 22 July 1996
  
 Of course I'm against it. 
Author: Jessica Mitford
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 22 July 1996
  
 Gracious dying is a huge, macabre and expensive joke on the American public. 
Author: Jessica Mitford
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 22 July 1996
  
 I have nothing against undertakers personally. It's just that I wouldn't want one to bury my sister.  
Author: Jessica Mitford
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 22 July 1996
  
 Things on the whole are much faster in America; people don't 'stand for election', they 'run for office.' 
Author: Jessica Mitford
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 22 July 1996
  
 You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty. 
Author: Jessica Mitford
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 22 July 1996
  
 I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Americans once expected parents to raise their children in accordance with the dominant cultural messages. Today they are expected to raise their children in opposition to them. Once the chorus of cultural values was full of ministers, teachers, neighbors, leaders. They demanded more conformity, but offered more support. Now the messengers are violent cartoon characters, rappers and celebrities selling sneakers. Parents are considered "responsible" only if they are successful in their resistance. That's what makes child-raising harder. It's not just that American families have less time with their kids; it's that we have to spend more of this time doing battle with our own culture. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 I began to realize that life is a growth stage I'm going through. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 I regard this novel as a work without redeeming social value, unless it can be recycled as a cardboard box. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 In the biotech revolution, it is the human body, not iron or steel or plastic, that's at the source. Are the biocapitalists going to be allowed to dig without consent into our genetic codes, then market them? 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Once upon a time we were just plain people. But that was before we began having relationships with mechanical systems. Get involved with a machine and sooner or later you are reduced to a factor. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Things keep changing and things keep happening. I never really run out of ideas. I guess as long as I'm interested, I'll be interesting. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe and aren't even aware of. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Values are not trendy items that are casually traded in. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck . . . But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 We owned what we learned back there; the experience and the growth are grafted into our lives. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives . . ., not looking for flaws, but for potential. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 When we describe what the other person is really like, I suppose we often picture what we want. We look through the prism of our need. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.  
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity, and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 Canned music is like audible wallpaper. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 Cocktail music is accepted as audible wallpaper. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 It's an acting job - acting natural. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 Man has an incurable habit of not fulfilling the prophecies of his fellow men. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 People in America, when listening to radio, like to lean forward. People in Britain like to lean back. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 People, when they first come to America, whether as travelers or settlers, become aware of a new and agreeable feeling: that the whole country is their oyster. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling you give him that he has been set free to make his own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for him, whether or not they coincide with your own. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 These doomsday warriors look no more like soldiers than the soldiers of the Second World War looked like conquistadors. The more expert they become the more they look like lab assistants in small colleges. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 These humiliations are the essence of the game. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast. 
Author: William Tecumseh Sherman
Nationality: American
b. 08 February 1820  - d. 14 February 1891
  
 A liberal is a person who believes that water can be made to run uphill. A conservative is someone who believes everybody should pay for his water. I'm somewhere in between: I believe water should be free, but that water flows downhill. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 For those men who, sooner or later, are lucky enough to break away from the pack, the most intoxicating moment comes when they cease being bodies in other men's command and find that they control their own time, when they learn their own voice and authority. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 He who is created by television can be destroyed by television. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 His passion has aroused the best and the beast in man. And the beast waited for him in the kitchen. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 I class myself as a manual laborer. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 I happen to think that American politics is one of the noblest arts of mankind; and I cannot do anything else but write about it. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 I'd get into a room and disappear into the woodwork. Now the rooms are so crowded with reporters getting behind-the-scenes stories that nobody can get behind-the-scenes stories. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 If you make a living, if you earn your own money, you're free - however free one can be on this planet. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 Politics in America is the binding secular religion. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 Power in America today is control of the means of communication. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence, with bravery and mercy. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 The best time to listen to a politician is when he's on a stump on a street corner in the rain late at night when he's exhausted. Then he doesn't lie. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 There are two kinds of editors, those who correct your copy and those who say it's wonderful. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 There is no excitement anywhere in the world, short of war, to match the excitement of the American presidential campaign. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 Those 40 or 50 national correspondents who had followed Kennedy since the beginning of his electoral exertions into the November days had become more than a press corps - they had become his friends and, some of them, his most devoted admirers. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 When a reporter sits down at the typewriter, he's nobody's friend. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 When that book came out, it was like Columbus telling about America at the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 When the bus or the plane rolled or flew through the night, they sang songs of their own composition about Mr Nixon and the Republicans in chorus with the Kennedy staff and felt that they, too, were marching like soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 With the end of the nominating process, American politics leaves logic behind. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 We live in a dirty and dangerous world...There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. 
Author: Katherine Meyer Graham
Nationality: American
b. 16 June 1917  - d. 17 July 2001
  
 A mistake is simply another way of doing things. 
Author: Katherine Meyer Graham
Nationality: American
b. 16 June 1917  - d. 17 July 2001
  
 If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood. 
Author: Katherine Meyer Graham
Nationality: American
b. 16 June 1917  - d. 17 July 2001
  
 If we had failed to pursue the facts as far as they led, we would have denied the public any knowledge of an unprecedented scheme of political surveillance and sabotage. 
Author: Katherine Meyer Graham
Nationality: American
b. 16 June 1917  - d. 17 July 2001
  
 No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else. 
Author: Katherine Meyer Graham
Nationality: American
b. 16 June 1917  - d. 17 July 2001
  
 Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex. 
Author: Katherine Meyer Graham
Nationality: American
b. 16 June 1917  - d. 17 July 2001
  
 So few grown women like their lives.  
Author: Katherine Meyer Graham
Nationality: American
b. 16 June 1917  - d. 17 July 2001
  
 I don't know what happens if they get bin Laden. I'm much more interested in what happens if they don't get bin Laden. 
Author: Robert Fisk
Nationality: British
b. 12 July 1946
  
 It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history. We're not there to worry about ourselves. We're there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out. 
Author: Robert Fisk
Nationality: British
b. 12 July 1946
  
 President Bush will come here and there will be new "friends" of America to open a new relationship with the world, new economic fortunes for those who "liberated" them. 
Author: Robert Fisk
Nationality: British
b. 12 July 1946
  
 Tanks come in two forms: the dangerous, deadly kind and the "liberating" kind. 
Author: Robert Fisk
Nationality: British
b. 12 July 1946
  
 The Americans may think they have 'liberated' Baghdad but the tens of thousands of thieves - they came in families and cruised the city in trucks and cars searching for booty - seem to have a different idea what liberation means. 
Author: Robert Fisk
Nationality: British
b. 12 July 1946
  
 U.S. journalists I don't think are very courageous. They tend to go along with the government's policy domestically and internationally. To question is seen as being unpatriotic, or potentially subversive. 
Author: Robert Fisk
Nationality: British
b. 12 July 1946
  
 When you have a crime against humanity that is so awesome in scale and death, it is more than permissible to look around and say, who recently has been declaring war on the United States? Of course, the compass points straight to bin Laden. 
Author: Robert Fisk
Nationality: British
b. 12 July 1946
  
 In the abundant fertile world of the Internet and of aggregators, of Google and Twitter and specialist web feeds, where good content of all kinds is easily indexed and easy to find, a newspaper is but one stop on the Internet superhighway, now littered with many interesting and credible sources, especially for local news, not to mention crannies and nooks with tasty content, and where there's no need to be spoon fed or to hunt out pre-digested pap where all the hard choices have been made for the reader. And the last thing that is needed is just another ill informed opinion, since the world is full of ill-informed opinions. We do it daily on the pond. Which is why not trashing the brand by publishing incoherent columnists is more important than ever. Sorry, Miranda. 
Author: Catherine Deveny
Nationality: Australian   
 It's like watching a Disney movie about the news. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 I report, I decide. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 Eventful days and weeks lie ahead. Today the Supreme Court will resume hearings on the petitions challenging the president’s eligibility for re-election by the current national and provincial assemblies. In one sense this can be deemed a non-event, since few people expect the decision to go against the President. But we will have to wait and see. There will also be an academic interest in the reasoning the Court will employ in justifying its decision. 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 There is greater interest in how the Court will handle the issue of the constitutionality or otherwise of the National Reconciliation Ordinance. On a legal plane the two issues may be seen as entirely different but if considerations of ‘public interest’ outweigh the application of the letter and spirit of the existing law in one case will they not do so in the other?  
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 The other event is of course the long awaited arrival of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and that is of much more immediate interest. The preparations made by the party stalwarts suggest that much of Karachi will be shut sown as the ‘jiyalas’ from all over the country respond to the call to ‘chalo’ to the airport and provide a fitting reception to the returning leader and her entourage. 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 The current expectation is that there will be no effort by contending political parties to thwart the grand plans of the PPP and certainly no repeat of May 12. Whether such forbearance is prompted by the recent emphasis on national reconciliation or by discreet advice from other quarters it will be, if borne out in practice, a positive development. 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 The important question however will be whether this display of public support will be enough to eliminate or at least mitigate the damage done to her image and that of her party by the American brokered deal with Musharraf? Will she be able, in her first public speech on Pakistan soil after many years of exile, to restore the Bhutto ‘magic’ and to convince the sceptical masses and the even more sceptical media that transitional rather than transformational politics offered the best prospects for bringing full democracy to Pakistan? 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 A third anticipated event -the return of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - is not likely to occur. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has been quite categorical in asserting that the Saudis will continue to play host to Nawaz Sharif for the full 10 years for which he had agreed to go into exile thus quashing rumours that Nawaz Sharif would leave Saudi Arabia for London shortly and then arrive in Pakistan before the end of the month.  
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 This gives the lie in some measure to the president’s hints that Nawaz Sharif too may be allowed to return to Pakistan before the general elections as part of the grand reconciliation process. What will the Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice himself have to say on this subject?  
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 The question is whether such technocrats with no political ambitions and no agendas of their own will be found and appointed to head the caretaker governments in the Centre. 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 Certainly the prospects for genuinely free and fair elections will improve immeasurably if this is done. Could such a central caretaker government ensure that the internal political wing of the ISI is made non functional during this period or better still is wound up?  
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 The next question that arises is that if the ISI is not active what happens to the MMA? Given the fissures in the ranks of the MMA, it appears that despite Qazi Hussain Ahmad’s desperate efforts the JUI and JI will not contest the forthcoming elections as one party.  
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 What is even more important however is whether the election rule, requiring candidates to have a graduate degree, will be implemented and whether as a result many of the party stalwarts currently occupying seats in the central and provincial assemblies will be declared ineligible? 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 As I recall, the Supreme Court has yet to rule on whether the sanads granted by the religious schools can be regarded as the equivalent of graduate degrees. Will this case be scheduled for hearing before the elections? Will this government press for it?  
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 How far will the abysmal record of the Durrani government in the Frontier weigh with the voters of that province? Many of them are calling for an examination of the assets of the erstwhile chief minister and his cabinet colleagues while yet others are asking for an assessment of the contribution made by his government to the growth of extremism in the tribal areas and the adjoining settled districts. Similar noises are gaining in volume and stridency with regard to the MMA components of the Balochistan cabinet.  
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 On the other hand there is no doubt that disillusionment with the ‘pro-American’ establishment has grown through the length and breadth of the country and all politicians with the exception of some elements of the MMA are seen to be tainted in the same way. Will this translate into additional voter support in areas where the MMA does not have to defend a poor record of governance? Or will other more militant independent candidates emerge? If they do will they have support from some radical elements of the establishment? 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 All these are matters of considerable significance but of even greater significance to my mind is the growing perception that notwithstanding the deployment of 100,000 troops, the situation in the tribal areas is now beyond the army’s capacity to control. 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 A well researched article by the respected Guardian reporter Jason Burke appearing in last Sunday’s Observer paints an alarmist picture of a complex situation in which fractious warlords, flushed with drug money and contributions from rich sympathisers appear united only in opposition to the Pakistan government and where Al Qaeda appears to flourish with the help of some local support obtained partly through bribery and partly through ideological sympathy. 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 According to him, Guardian reporter Jason Burke, Nato officers in Afghanistan concede that there is a danger that the south and east of Afghanistan, already well beyond the authority of Kabul, will effectively translate “de facto autonomy” into independence. That raises the spectre of the confederation of warlord states that is in the process of emerging on the Pakistani side of the border effectively trebling in size with the addition of the Taliban-controlled zones in Afghanistan.’ ‘It would be the United Taliban Emirates…. It would be the biggest and most defensible terrorist safe haven the world has ever seen’ he quotes one observer as saying. 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 One can only hope that these fears are unfounded. One can only hope that means will be found to block the flow of funds to this area and that this in addition to political talks reinforcing military action will succeed in preventing such a fearful denouement. 
Author: Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Nationality: Pakistani
b. December 1939
  
 Having said that, I don't want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program - the alleged program - the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny. 
Author: Tony Snow
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1955  - d. 12 July 2008
  
 One of the problems with NPR is that there is so much political correctness that if you've got a name that looks like it was made up by Rudyard Kipling, you've got a better chance of getting hired. I'm a white guy named Tony Snow, for heaven's sake. That's as white as it goes. 
Author: Tony Snow
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1955  - d. 12 July 2008
  
 Okay, we will divide the first - of two questions - and let the second die a crib death. 
Author: Tony Snow
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1955  - d. 12 July 2008
  
 Well, thank you for the Hezbollah view. 
Author: Tony Snow
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1955  - d. 12 July 2008
  
 Reporter: Wait a minute. You said yourself, correctly, that both Bush 41 and Clinton had talks with Hafez al-Hassad. Snow: Which were blazingly pointless. 
Author: Tony Snow
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1955  - d. 12 July 2008
  
 Look, I hate to tell you, but it's not always pretty up there on Capitol Hill and there have been other scandals as you know that have been more than simply naughty e-mails. 
Author: Tony Snow
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1955  - d. 12 July 2008
  
 What Senator Kerry ought to do first is apologize to the troops. The clear implication here is if you flunk out, if you don't study hard, if you don't do your homework, if you don't make an effort to be smart and you don't do well, you "get stuck in Iraq." But an extraordinary thing has happened since September 11th, which is a lot of people - America's finest - have willingly agreed to volunteer their services in a mission that they know is dangerous, but is also important. And Senator Kerry not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those who have given their lives in this. 
Author: Tony Snow
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1955  - d. 12 July 2008
  
 Why doesn't Senator Kerry, rather than saying, I meant to put in the word, "us" - and you try to put in "us" here, left out the word "us" - and if you don't - if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq. Where does "us" fit in? You don't "us" get stuck? I don't understand. It just - it doesn't scan here. 
Author: Tony Snow
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1955  - d. 12 July 2008
  
 It's not about terror or anything else, it's about politics, and so it becomes more about politics than it does about faith. Orthodox rabbis - that is about faith. There's not a single Orthodox rabbi on this list. This is all Reformed rabbis that were - that made this list. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 I am not a journalist. I’m just a guy who cares. I’m sorry. I’m just a guy who cares an awful lot about my country. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 I want you to understand clearly, I am not a journalist - be very clear on that. I am an opinion-maker. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 You know, honestly - look, I’m not a journalist. This is the first, you know, tragedy that I have covered on the air. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 I come to the table from a conservative or libertarian point of view, and I admit that. I’m a commentator. I’m not a journalist or anything else. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 I think there should have been a follow-up question, George. I’m not a journalist, you are. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 Even in the news division of Fox - which I want to make very clear and I have from the very beginning - I am not a journalist. In fact, I wear that as a badge of honor. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 You know, we all have our inner demons. I, for one - I can't speak for you, but I'm on the verge of moral collapse at any time. It can happen by the end of the show. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 From aged 12, I wrote match reports on the Chiltern Football Club in my home town for the four-page weekly The Federal Standard. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 host two programs on the ABC on Sunday mornings: Insiders (a political discussion program that celebrates 10 years in July) and Offsiders (a sports discussion program) as well as contributing to The Drum website. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 Perhaps the term disappeared with the concept of a good grounding. I have no doubt that real, on-the-job training in the late 1960s would have been superior to the theory on offer at various universities. From day one, country cadets were thrown in at the deep end, going on real assignments under the eye of some very good senior journalists. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 The best moment - apart from some truly fascinating experiences in places like the White House, the Kremlin and the Great Hall of the People - was a front-row seat to the bicentennial celebrations in Sydney in 1988. The worst moment was undoubtedly my first day in the job. We flew to Perth and Hawke never said a word the whole way. Then he handed me what I thought was a crumpled pile of newspapers, which of course I threw out. When he got to the hotel, he immediately demanded his meticulously marked-up copy of the racing form guide. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 It's complicated. Samantha Maiden from The Australian phoned me during the 2007 election campaign and asked me to comment on Kevin Rudd's attempts at media manipulation. I told her that coincidentally, a colleague had only hours before said to me : "You know, we (the media) will have to go to war with Rudd after the election . . . (so) we might as well start now." Perhaps understandably, there was confusion. Sam took it that the second part of the quote, "we might as well start now", belonged to me. The headline the next day read "Cassidy declares war on Rudd". Of course, I did not. I would imagine that somewhere in the recesses of the ABC, there are rules against journalists declaring war on political leaders. Some months later, a colleague tried to explain the misunderstanding to Rudd. He fell about laughing, loving the irony of a journalist blaming the media. In any case, my loss was Rove's gain and when I whinged about that on Insiders, I got a very quick lesson from Julia Gillard. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 The title of the book, The Party Thieves, partly explains that. My theory is that Kevin Rudd and to a lesser extent Malcolm Turnbull stole their parties: Rudd by ignoring or abusing elected members of his own party; and Turnbull by refusing to compromise on the climate-change issue. In both cases, the parliamentarians came and took their parties back. (They) were not stabbed in the back; they were both sacked, pure and simple. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 Because the leaks (and Rudd) had such a massive impact on the campaign, the approach to the reporting was vastly different to any other campaign. One story tended to dominate, certainly through weeks two and three. The breathless focus on Mark Latham as he stood around with the rest of the media waiting for something to happen was plain embarrassing. The proliferation of the social media means there is now an endless stream of opinion and information and the audience will just have to act as its own filter, or go mad. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 After 42 years in journalism, it would be hard to mount a case against that label. 
Author: Barry Cassidy
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 March 1950
  
 If it were better, it wouldn't be as good. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 If the unexamined life is not worth living, the unexamined past is not worth possessing; it bears fruit only by being held continuously up to the light, and is as changeable and as full of surprises, pleasant and unpleasant, as the future 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 The guns of the big events rumble through our pages, but the tiny firecrackers are constantly hissing and popping there as well; it appears that much of my life as a journalist has been devoted to sedulously setting off firecrackers. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Parody is homage gone sour. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 I will try to cram these paragraphs full of facts and give them a weight and shape no greater than that of a cloud of blue butterflies. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 The Federal Highway Administration should essentially recognize that later-year funding in the program will be subject to state legislative action, and that happens in many states. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 There's a lot of communication going on and that's why we're having a face-to-face meeting. We're not worried but we won't be satisfied until we have the (funding plan) approved. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 We don't think there's any problem from an engineering perspective or a structural perspective. The bridge is safe. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 It depends on what they find. Basically, they're replacing lighting devices, doing some troubleshooting and eliminating any trouble with the current lighting. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 What exactly happened? How did our practices work? Could we have done more? 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 The ingenuities we practice in order to appear admirable to ourselves would suffice to invent the telephone twice over on a rainy summer morning. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 If the state were to suspend the gas tax, it would most likely result in the state being sued by the bondholders. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 We're working closely with Kearny OEM - Office of Emergency Management, to put a more codified operating plan in place. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 We're going to take a closer look at how notification needs to occur. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Express doesn't necessarily mean faster. It just means direct - direct to the bridge. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 It is not uncommon for contracts like this to run later than expected. We're just not at that stage yet to proceed. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Based on the forecast, we do predict icing will be a problem. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 As of now, we've done everything we can to be prepared. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Our offense really needed that. We've been waiting for that all season. We knew how to do it, we just had to execute and at least for one inning, we did that. Hopefully we can keep it going. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 We're going to address the problem. If you want to characterize that as a shift in the position of the department, that would be fair. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 I fully realize, as a good citizen, that private property is sacred and that no man should be robbed except by the proper business methods. 
Author: Lennie Lower
Nationality: Australian
b. 24 September 1903  - d. 19 July 1947
  
 There is a lot to life, and a lot more than just television to life. 
Author: Bryant Gumbel
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1948
  
 It's not that I dislike many people. It's just that I don't like many people. 
Author: Bryant Gumbel
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1948
  
 As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America - with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president's side, and the vice president's side. But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: they're super-depressing. And if that's your goal, well, misery accomplished. Over the last five years you people were so good - over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew.  
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the Decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know — fiction. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 Barbie is just a doll. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with those who are reckless with yours. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you'll have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either of them might run out. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Don't waste time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Every day each of us wakes up, reaches into drawers and closets, pulls out a costume for the day and proceeds to dress in a style that can only be called preposterous. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 In twenty years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Like many women my age, I am 28 years old. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Linda Tripp has shown that a true friend is an archivist, a biographer. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 The movies we love and admire are to some extent a function of who we are when we see them. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 TV happens. And once it's happened, it's gone. When it's gone, you move on, no tears, no tantrums, no videotape. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. The older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 You can figure out who you were by which movies you loved when. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 You can map your life through your favorite movies, and no two people's maps will be the same. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 There's good news tonight. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 More power than all the success slogans ever penned by human hand is the realization for every man that he has but one boss. That boss is the man - he - himself. 
Author: Gabriel Heatter
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1890  - d. 30 March 1972
  
 Christianity has in fact long vanished not only from the reason but from the life of mankind, that it is nothing more than a fixed idea. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. 
Author: Emile François Zola
Nationality: French
b. 2 April 1840  - d. 29 September 1902
  
 A timely introduction into the era of revolutions, fascism, witchhunts and journalistic coverups. It is essential education for all students and scholars of journalism and political life. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 Crime is at least 10 times as prevalent on TV as in the real world. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 Fearful people are more dependent, more easily manipulated and controlled, more susceptible to deceptively simple, strong, tough measures and hard-line postures. They may accept and even welcome repression if it promises to relieve their insecurities. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 On prime-time TV, men outnumber women at least 3 to 1, while in the real world, there are actually slightly more women in the population. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 On prime-time TV, there are significantly smaller proportions of young people, old people, blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities than in the U.S. population at large. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 The product is the delivery of the largest number of people at the least cost. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 Who tells the stories of a culture really governs human behavior. It used to be the parent, the school, the church, the community. Now it’s a handful of global conglomerates that have nothing to tell, but a great deal to sell. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 You pay when you wash, not when you watch. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 A handful of production companies create the bulk of the programs and sell them to broadcasters, not to viewers. The cheapest and least offensive programming is the most profitable. Costs of such programming, like taxation, are borne by all, whether or not they use the products advertised. The television "tax levy" on an average family in l980 ranged from $80 in Atlanta to $29 in Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Pa. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence. 
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us. 
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 It is a queer thing, but imaginary troubles are harder to bear than actual ones. 
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 Nobody wants to kiss when they are hungry. 
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 The price of indulging yourself in your youth in the things you cannot afford is poverty and dependence in your old age. 
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 There isn't a single human being who hasn't plenty to cry over, and the trick is to make the laughs outweigh the tears. 
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 We are never happy until we learn to laugh at ourselves. 
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 You never saw a very busy person who was unhappy. 
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 The Selfishness of Men - A compliment in a ballroom - a brutal trampling under foot in a panic. Whispered words of devotion in a scented boudoir - a cowardly desertion in times of danger. Of the 300 women on board the ill-fated Bourgogne, which sunk at sea a few days ago, only one woman was saved. Of the 200 people who came out alive, only one was a woman. Survivors tell how women, struggling to reach the boats, were beaten down and trod upon, how those who succeeded in getting on rafts were pushed off and thrust under the water with boat hooks, how the little white hands of women and children, clinging to life lines, were hacked off with knives. It is a story of ferocious brutality that has but one parallel in modern times.  
Author: Dorothy Dix
Nationality: American
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1951
  
 The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it. 
Author: Alexander Cockburn
Nationality: American
b. 06 June 1941
  
 The travel writer seeks the world we have lost - the lost valleys of the imagination. 
Author: Alexander Cockburn
Nationality: American
b. 06 June 1941
  
 A "just war" is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience. 
Author: Alexander Cockburn
Nationality: American
b. 06 June 1941
  
 No one believes for a moment the embargo will prompt the Iraqi people to rise against Saddam Hussein. 
Author: Alexander Cockburn
Nationality: American
b. 06 June 1941
  
 No chord in populism reverberates more strongly than the notion that the robust common sense of an unstained outsider is the best medicine for an ailing polity. Caligula doubtless got big cheers from the plebs when he installed his horse as proconsul. 
Author: Alexander Cockburn
Nationality: American
b. 06 June 1941
  
 What I found even more pleasing than romancing my muse was the quality of the commentary here. A minimum of snark, a maximum of actual thoughtful perspective about the topic at hand - how very rare. And what a great experience for a writer. Every day, I looked forward to what you had to say. 
Author: Denise Caruso
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  




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