The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
more Aldous Huxley quotes
There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.
more William James quotes
Television has allowed us to create a common culture, and without it we would not have been able to accomplish our goal.
more Dr. Morris Janowitz quotes
I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, "by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only." Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it's benefits, than is done by it's abandoned prostitution to falsehood.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
By a declaration of rights, I mean one which shall stipulate freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce against monopolies, trial by juries in all cases, no suspensions of the habeas corpus, no standing armies. These are fetters against doing evil which no honest government should decline.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Dividing the political positions into liberal versus conservative is itself a leading example of [an old conceptual framework that organizes the world into categories and stereotypes] shared by journalists and media activists alike. As a result, it has taken decades for libertarians in the United States to break through this conventional view of the political spectrum and gain recognition as a distinct point of view. Over and above any hostility journalists had to free-market views, there was no conceptual space within their conventional wisdom for a political philosophy that combined free markets and free minds.
more David Kelley quotes
It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
more Sally Kempton quotes
Popular revolt against a ruthless, experienced modern dictatorship, which enjoys a monopoly over weapons and communications, ... is simply not a possibility in the modern age.
more George F. Kennan quotes
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
more Soren Kierkegaard quotes
Everything you read in the press is absolutely true. Except the rare event of which you have personal knowledge.
more Erwin Knoll quotes
There's a standard formula for success in the entertainment medium, and that is: "Beat it to death if it succeeds."
more Ernie Kovacs quotes
Framing is a process whereby communicators, consciously or unconsciously, act to construct a point of view that encourages the facts of a given situation to be interpreted by others in a particular manner.
more Jim Kuypers quotes
The Seven Deadly Sins of the Press: - Concentrated Power of the Big Press. - Passing of competition and the coming of monopoly. - Governmental control of the press. - Timidity, especially in the face of group and corporate pressures. - Big Business mentality. - Clannishness among the newspaper publishers that has prevented them from criticizing each other. - Social blindness.
more Max Lerner quotes
Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others.
more Doris Lessing quotes
The burning of an author’s books, imprisonment for opinion’s sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time.
more Joseph Lewis quotes
Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile. In protest, I declined election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters some years ago, and now I must decline the Pulitzer Prize.
more Sinclair Lewis quotes
People everywhere confuse, What they read in newspapers with news.
more A. J. Liebling quotes
Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.
more A. J. Liebling quotes
Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. He who molds opinion is greater than he who enacts laws.
more Abraham Lincoln quotes
What chance of survival does a culture have when its own elites actively seek its destruction?
more William S. Lind quotes
A radical is one who speaks the truth.
more Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. quotes
Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting ‘the free discussion of governmental affairs.’
more Judge Kermit Victor Lipez quotes
A free press is not a privilege but an organic necessity in a great society.
more Walter Lippmann quotes
Never — and I mean never — blindly trust the statistics you read [or hear] about the economy.
more Don Luskin quotes
Whenever the media covers anything I know about in intimate detail ... they always get it wrong. True on the left, and true on the right. Sigh. Double sigh.
more Don Luskin quotes
We welcome almost any break in the monotony of things, a man has only to murder a series of wives in a new way to become known to millions of people who have never heard of Homer.
more Robert Wilson Lynd quotes
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
more Niccolo Machiavelli quotes
The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon … has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right.
more James Madison quotes
It is impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for their presentation is provided or available.
more Thomas Mann quotes
There is danger in the concentration of control in the television and radio networks, especially in the large television and radio stations; danger in the concentration of ownership in the press…and danger in the increasing concentration of selection by book publishers and reviewers and by the producers of radio and television programs.
more Eugene McCarthy quotes
The notion that journalism can regularly produce a product that violates the fundamental interests of media owners and advertisers … is absurd.
more Robert McChesney quotes
Former ABC News reporter/anchor Sam Donaldson is ready to say the last rites for network news because it will soon lose its dominant position as Americans' primary source of news. 'I think it's dead. Sorry,' he said during a breakfast panel Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters' convention in Las Vegas.
more Bill McConnell quotes
In May 1998, [Los Angeles Times publisher Mark] Willis told the Wall Street Journal that he wanted to make the Times more appealing to women and minorities by producing stories that were “more emotional, more personal and less analytic.”
more William McGowan quotes
Journalism is a profession that prides itself on its maverick outspokenness and allergic reaction to preconceived notions. Yet, in today’s media some notions are considered beyond scrutiny – including the merits of the diversity agenda.
more William McGowan quotes
I used to be employed as a field engineer servicing [a major broadcast network's] distribution equipment, specifically their affiliates' satellite dishes. I've had many talks with TV newsmen. The most telling was one who confessed that he didn't think he could continue his job and live with himself because he daily saw 'the difference between what I am forced to report and what's really happening.' He told me that, at the first meeting with 'corporate's' news director [from the corporate holding company that owned the station, not the network], the ND told them that 'our job as reporters was to shape public opinion.' When someone protested that their job was to discover and report the truth, the ND responded, 'Whatever the public's perception is is the truth and it's your job to make sure that they have the proper perceptions.' That man's statement is always in the back of my mind whenever I see or read anything in the 'news,' that the job of reporters today is not to report hard, verifiable facts but rather to shape public opinion using selected facts presented in carefully arranged fashion.
more Chris Meissen quotes
I believe there is a limit beyond which free speech cannot go, but it's a limit that's very seldom mentioned. It's the point where free speech begins to collide with the right to privacy. I don't think there are any other conditions to free speech. I've got a right to say and believe anything I please, but I haven't got a right to press it on anybody else. .... Nobody's got a right to be a nuisance to his neighbors.
more H. L. Mencken quotes
The common notion that free speech prevails in the United States always makes me laugh.
more H. L. Mencken quotes
And let us remind readers regularly, in editorials, in our promotional advertising, in speeches to civic groups and others, that advertising helps people to live better and saves them money. This fact needs constant selling.
more Paul Miller quotes
Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
more Margaret Mitchell quotes
The ink of a scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
more Mohammed quotes
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
more Jim Morrison quotes
If you think there is freedom of the press in the United States, I tell you there is no freedom of the press... They come out with the cheap shot. The press should be ashamed of itself. They should come to both sides of the issue and hear both sides and let the American people make up their minds.
more Bill Moyers quotes
When a person goes to a country and finds their newspapers filled with nothing but good news, he can bet there are good men in jail.
more Daniel Patrick Moynihan quotes
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