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Quotes of the Day for 18 September 2001 – News

Most of us have spent much of the last week glued to the news, and it appears to me that the news media have done a pretty good job of getting us the information about these events. It was 150 years ago today that the New York Times first hit the streets, so I thought selecting a few thoughts about News and journalism would be in order, even if they are mostly derogatory.

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The quotes:

Of course the government and the newspapers lie. But in a democracy, they're not the _same_ lies.
     - Steve Jackson

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
     - Thomas Jefferson

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
     - A. J. Liebling

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
     - Matthew Arnold, 1822 - 1888

Newspapers have roughly the same relationship to life as fortune-tellers to metaphysics.
     - Karl Kraus

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