Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.
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.
A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
You need your freedom. You need to be able to do what you want to do as a journalist, as a person who's speaking for other women as you speak for yourself, and you make a choice. You have to be tough enough to take the consequences of that choice.
Journalists are more powerful now than they've ever been, and we all know what power does. Anyone who disses the media is really asking for it. But it is the case that the journalists are what they are - world famous for vulgarity, alcoholism, spite.
Journalism - a profession whose business it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.
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.
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.
Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
I have long thought that his [Rupert Murdoch's] social philosophy was contained in his cartoon show, The Simpsons: all politicians and public officials are crooks, and the masses are a vast lumpen proletariat of deluded and exploitable blowhards.
... Don [Hewitt, 60 Minutes exec producer] told me, "You have set broadcast journalism back 20 years." Naturally, I was both proud and elated although too modest to say so, but broadcast journalism recovered with alacrity, my contract wasn't renewed, and the incident was forgotten.
Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It's absolutely unavoidable.
Freedom of press is limited to those who own one.
You can crush a man with journalism.
The real news is bad news.
I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.
He types his labored column - weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn.
Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever.
No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist.
Before acting, I wanted to become a journalist. I also toyed with the idea of being a chef - but that's only when people asked me what I wanted to be. In fact, I always used to say I wanted to be an actor, but I didn't ever believe that I was good enough to be come one.
Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.
Every good journalist is aware that his trade may one day go the way of phrenology-and, what's more, the population will hardly protest the extinction.
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