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Quotes of the Day for 3 November 2002 – Journalism

Renowned journalist James Barrett Reston was born on this day in 1909 at Clydebank, Scotland, so a Journalism theme came to mind. But it couldn't be a serious theme, despite Scotty Reston's accomplishments (which include a pair of Pulitzers), because this is also the anniversary of the most famous headline in American journalism: Dewey Defeats Truman. That was in the Chicago Tribune in 1948. So here's a poke at the working press.

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The quotes:

Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.
     - Adlai Ewing Stevenson, 1900 - 1965

Journalism largely consists in saying "Lord Jones is dead" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.
     - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874 - 1936

How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read.
     - Karl Kraus

Journalism: A profession whose business is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.
     - Lord Northcliffe

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.
     - Oscar Wilde, 1854 - 1900


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