Media Quotes

 As we learned from the Clinton administration and much of the media, a machine gun in the hands of a federal agent is now a symbol of benevolence and concern for a child's well-being. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 I think that much of our trouble comes from accepting the premise - becoming ever more firmly embedded in law) that a corporation is a person, with an individual's 'rights' and 'privileges'. I don't believe that an amoral entity with a profit-making agenda should be considered a 'person'. Corporations defend their rights to advertise and monopolize the media as 'freedom of expression'. How would society look if corporations weren't accorded these 'rights'? 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either. 
Author: Edward Zehr
Nationality: Canadian  - d.  December 2001   
 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   
 The greatest thing that would happen in the state and the nation is when we get rid of the media. Then we would live in peace and tranquility and no one would know anything. 
Author: Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Nationality: Australian
b. 13 January 1911  - d. 23 April 2005
  
 They say it's the responsibility of the media to look at government - especially the President - with a microscope. I don't argue with that, but when they use a proctoscope, it's going too far. 
Author: Richard M. Nixon
Nationality: American
b. 9 January 1913  - d. 22 April 1994
  
 Twenty-four hours: to give relief workers a safe interlude for the provision of vital services; to offer mediators a building block towards a wider truce; to allow all those engaged in conflict to reconsider the wisdom of further violence. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 Unfortunately, the media have trouble distinguishing between real science and propaganda cross-dressed as science. 
Author: Linda Bowles
Nationality: Ghanaian   
 Whoever controls the media - the images - controls the culture. 
Author: Allen Ginsberg
Nationality: American
b. 3 June 1926  - d. 5 April 1997
  
 Young people know that the public secular institutions of government, media, unions and educational institutions like our universities are running on empty because they have little language of interconnectedness or priority for spiritual values. Indeed, many of these institutions are terrified by the mushrooming interest in spirituality. 
Author: Rev. Tim Costello
Nationality: Australian   
 Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves a voluntary code of conduct, under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists' morale or their cause while the hijack lasted. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 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
  
 Music is the mediator between spiritual and sensual life. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 I accepted the interviews and encounters that had to be held with the media, but I would have preferred to work in peace. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things like this is to get as much media as possible. 
Author: Kathy Acker
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1947  - d. 30 November 1997
  
 I've always turned to the media because one thing people like that fear is exposure.  
Author: Kathy Acker
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1947  - d. 30 November 1997
  
 The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control - "indoctrination," we might say - exercised through the mass media. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The mass media in the United States largely serve as a propaganda arm and "bought priesthood" of the U.S. government and U.S. corporations, with the three parties all largely intertwined through common interests. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 In the last days of the campaign, the 527 Media will continue producing October surprises right up to election day. They've proven that they, not the Democrats, are the opposition party. 
Author: Jed Babbin
Nationality: American   
 Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication. 
Author: Marshall McLuhan
Nationality: Canadian
b. 21 July 1911  - d. 31 December 1980
  
 The questions that are not asked by the media surely will be asked by voters. I think it's information that voters want to know and look at. 
Author: Barbara Olson
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1955  - d. 11 September 2001
  
 The mainstream media has chosen their candidates and their issues, and they're not the same as the GOP's. They are going to be painted as the bad guys. 
Author: Barbara Olson
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1955  - d. 11 September 2001
  
 Most of you in here are of my vintage: we're ignored by the media. Born in the depression and made to feel guilty about it. Oh, sure, we had T-shirts, but what was written on them? Nothing! We didn't have enough imagination to put anything on a goddamn T-shirt! 
Author: Mark Russell
Nationality: American
b. 23 August 1932
  
 The elite media has been caught in so many lies because of false statements that its whole reputation has eroded, their circulation is down, and their profits are down. 
Author: Geraldo Rivera
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1943
  
 There is so much media now with the Internet and people, and so easy and so cheap to start a newspaper or start a magazine, there's just millions of voices and people want to be heard. 
Author: Rupert Murdoch
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1931
  
 I wouldn't even get elected. I'd probably deck a couple of people, too which would not play very well with the national media. 
Author: Tim Robbins
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1958
  
 I try to give the media as many confusing images as I can to retain my freedom. What's real is for my children and the people I live with. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 Americans need accurate information in order to consider Social Security reform. Too bad the media can't be counted upon to provide it. 
Author: Herman Cain
Nationality: American
b. 13 December 1945
  
 When the media ask George W. Bush a question, he answers, 'Can I use a lifeline?' 
Author: Robin Williams
Nationality: American
b. 21 July 1951
  
 I think the media demands that athletes be role models because there's some jealousy involved. It's as if they say, this is a young black kid playing a game for a living and making all this money, so we're going to make it tough on him. And what they're really doing is telling kids to look up to someone they can't become, because not many people can be like we are. Kids can't be like Michael Jordan. 
Author: Charles Barkley
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1963
  
 The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists. 
Author: Tom Stoppard
Nationality: British
b. 3 July 1937
  
 The modern dispersal of information is so rapid and universal as to grossly amplify the extent of the indirect consequences. Modern publics increasingly form in response to mass-mediated information about very distant, impersonal actions, as opposed to familiar community-based issues. How can such vast, loosely-bonded publics agree to make a coherent response to the very problems that define them? 
Author: John Dewey
Nationality: American
b. 20 October 1859  - d. 1 June 1952
  
 Today there is a new class hostile to business in general, and especially to large corporations. As a group, you find them mainly in the very large and growing public sector and in the media. They share a disinterest in personal wealth, a dislike for the free-market economy, and a conviction that society may best be improved through greater governmental participation in the country's economic life. They are the media. They are the educational system. Their dislike for the free-market economy originates in their inability to exercise much influence over it so as to produce change. In its place they would prefer a system in which there is a very large political component. This is because the new class has a great deal of influence in politics. Thus, through politics, they can exercise a direct and immediate influence on the shape of our society and the direction of national affairs. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 Our country is wallowing in a miasma of political and class conflict, of greed and special interest, with regard to budget deficits, inflation and rising unemployment, the threats of both a bloody war and a devastating recession. How did we get into this mess? Because the press, during the 1980s committed one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century. The media took a dive, caved in, and did not tell the American people the price they would eventually pay for Reaganomics. 
Author: Carl Thomas Rowan
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1925  - d. 23 September 2000
  
 Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I've learned quickly these past few days that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 Behind the media glare, to two loving children she was simply the best mother in the world. 
Author: His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales Harry Windsor
Nationality: British   
 Media reports stated that Al Gore claimed he "invented the Internet." - Al Gore  
Author: Famous Misquotations
Nationality: British   
 A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy.  
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 Talk about the cop-out. Here was the ABC managing director, who also happens to be the ABC's editor-in-chief, saying that Ms Mottram's public rejection of the ICRP report was 'irrelevant' to him and that he exercised no editorial control whatsoever over Media Watch - despite the fact that it was, and remains, the public broadcaster's only high profile media commentary outlet. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Monica Attard has continued Media Watch's leftist tradition. Here's the litmus test - The Age's in-house leftist cartoonist Michael Leunig. In 2002 The Age's (then) editor-in-chief Michael Gawenda refused to publish a Leunig cartoon which equated 'Auschwitz 1942' with 'Israel 2002'. Media Watch editorialised on 6 May 2002 in favour of Michael Leunig and against Michael Gawenda. No surprise there. On 20 May 2006 The Age's (current) editor-in-chief Andrew Jaspan ran a Leunig cartoon proclaiming the 'Prime Ministership falls to the person most willing to appeal to the lowest appetites of the population'. No surprise there. However, Alan Oakley, the Sydney Morning Herald editor, decided not to publish Leunig's cartoon in Fairfax's Sydney broadsheet. In a personal note to Leunig which was leaked to Media Watch (no surprise there), Mr Oakley said that 'regardless of the subject (i.e. the PM)' he 'found the whole idea somewhat coarse' and commented that 'SMH readers expect something a little more sophisticated, if not subtle'. Monica Attard described Mr Oakley's decision as simply 'wrong'. No surprise there. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Last year Sally Loane was dumped as the presenter of the 702 morning program in Sydney and replaced by Virginia Trioli. The word went out from the ABC that Ms Loane did not rate well enough in inner-suburban Leichhardt. Meaning, apparently, that she did not appeal to Green-voting-leftist-luvvies or to the Labor left and, horror-of-horrors, was just too middle class. The ABC even ran such criticism - if criticism is the correct word - on its web chat-room. The public broadcaster happens to be about the only media outlet which likes to publicise the views of critics who bag its own products and presenters. Usually, of course, the critics are leftists. So Ms Trioli was called in from 774 in Melbourne where, shortly after 9/11, she had appealed to the inner-city leftist-luvvies in Fitzroy by suggesting that the best way to handle al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was to invite him around for a chat to discuss (in the parlance of the modern cliché) his issues. Well, the good folk of Leichhardt may well be happy with Virginia Trioli - who has a tendency to preach at, rather than listen to, callers to the program. It is a matter of record, however, that her current ratings (at 7.4 per cent) are still lower than Sally Loane's final figure (at 9.0 per cent) - in spite of the fact that Ms Trioli's program commences and finishes earlier than that of her predecessor and, consequently, should rate higher since it benefits from the popular News and AM programs which precede it. Well, it might still do so - but it has not as yet. Ms Trioli has the talent to present an metropolitan radio program. But the manner of Sally Loane's axing, and Virginia Trioli's subsequent employment, was handled with a high degree of unprofessionalism. Soon after taking up her Sydney gig, Ms Trioli headed back to Melbourne where, on Sunday 5 February 2006, she took part in a performance of Sedition!. According to the pre-performance advertising: 'Sedition! will bring together a coalition of comedians, commentators and satirists to protest against the Howard Government's recently introduced sedition laws...'. For 'balance', Kim Beazley was mocked as well. But not, of course, Bob Brown or - indeed - Osama bin Laden. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Looking at yourself through the media is like looking at one of those rippled mirrors in an amusement park. 
Author: Edmund Muske
Nationality: American
b. 28 March 1914  - d. 26 March 1996
  
 The first Gulf War "did not take place". The Gulf War is the inverse of the Clausewitzian formula: it was not "the continuation of politics by other means", but "the continuation of the absence of politics by other means". Accordingly, Saddam Hussein was not fighting the Allied Forces, but using the lives of his soldiers as a form of sacrifice to preserve his power. The Allied Forces fighting the Iraqi military forces were merely dropping 10,000 tonnes of bombs daily, as if proving to themselves that there was an enemy to fight. So, too, were the Western media complicit, presenting the war in real time, by recycling images of war to propagate the notion that the two enemies, the US ,and allies, were actually fighting the Iraqi Army, but, such was not the case. Saddam Hussein did not use his military capacity, the Iraqi Air Force, his politico-military power was not weakened, he suppressed the Kurdish insurgency against Iraq at war's end, so, concluding that politically little had changed in Iraq: the enemy went undefeated, the victors were not victorious, therefore, there was no war: the Gulf War did not occur. 
Author: Jean Baudrillard
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1929  - d. 6 March 2007
  
 When you mutilate movies for mass media, you tamper with the hearts and minds of America 
Author: Warren Beatty
Nationality: American
b. 30 March 1937
  
 Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present. 
Author: John Berger
Nationality: English
b. 5 November 1926
  
 I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that. 
Author: Walter Cronkite
Nationality: American
b. 4 November 1916
  
 The names and connections, at this time, of the bitterly opposing enemy are: 1. Psychiatry and psychology (not medicine). 2. The heads of news media who are also directors of psychiatric front groups. 3. A few key political figures in the fields of "mental health" and education. 4. A decline of monetary stability caused by the current planning of bankers who are also directors of psychiatric front organizations [that] would make us unable to function. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Ninety-nine percent of what my father ever wrote or said about himself to the press, the media, the public and the membership is totally and completely untrue and false. So therefore that old phrase "Consider the source" cannot just be applied to me but must be applied to him also. And this phrase, "Consider the source" is in itself totally and completely inaccurate and is only a statement to dead-agent both myself and my father - or anyone else for that matter. What is appropriate, true and accurate is: "Consider the facts and consider the truth". 
Author: Ronald DeWolf
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1934
  
 Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a coup d'état, still use tanks. If a country has reached a high degree of industrialization the whole scene changes. The day after the fall of Khrushchev, the editors of Pravda, Izvestiia, the heads of the radio and television were replaced; the army wasn't called out. Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications. 
Author: Umberto Eco
Nationality: Italian
b. 05 January 1932
  




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