"I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast."
William Tecumseh Sherman
(1820-1891) General Commander of the United States Army
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I like it a lot - probably more accurate than not.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    If only journalists were so objective, characteristically, as to be worthy of being relied upon to render reality in the light of Reality.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Mary - MI      
    The consumers/readers share the responsibility, as the suppliers are merely fulfilling a demand. The real question is why are we so attracted to disaster and mayhem and so little interested in good news? Rumor, gossip, intrigue, crime -- appealing to the basest of desires in order to make money. What happens if there is no bad news? Make it up!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    He could have said that any current day. I can name examples. We've more liars than ever but we've also cracked the monopoly. We still aren't getting news from heaven...but at least some of it is more news than spin and rumor.
     -- empty pockets, NO, La     
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