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The Media Clinic - Some Views of The Media

Journalism is literature in a hurry. Matthew Arnold, poet.

Are journalists lazy?

Reporters are faced with the daily choice of either painstakingly researching stories or writing whatever people tell them. Both approaches pay the same. Dilbert

What do journalists think about themselves?

Foreign journalist: He’s someone who flies around from hotel to hotel and thinks the most interesting thing is that he has arrived to cover it. Tom Stoppard, playwright.

Editor: a person employed by a newspaper to separate the wheat from the chaff and to see that the chaff is printed. Elbert Hubbard, US writer, printer and editor.

Journalism is the only thinkable alternative to working. Jeffrey Bernard, columnist.

What do others think of journalists?

The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth. William Butler Yeats, poet.

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character. Lyndon B Johnson, US President.

I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction. Aneurin Bevan, Welsh politician.

Are journalists honest?

You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to. Humbert Wolfe, British Poet.

Journalists say a thing they know isn’t true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true. Arnold Bennett, playwright.

Are journalists rude?

Bad manners make a journalist. Oscar Wilde, poet/playwright.

What is news?

News is People. Harold Evans, editor.

News is all the things people want to keep out of the press. All the rest is advertising. H L Menken, columnist.

News is the first rough draft of history. Ben Bradlee, editor.

News management

It’s amazing how all the news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. Jerry Seinfeld, comedian.

See also: When the journalist calls


   
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