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Quotes of the Day for 12 March 2004 – Newspapers

Adolph Simon Ochs was born at Cincinnati, Ohio on this day in 1858. At age 11 he left school to take a printer's assistant position at the Knoxville Chronicle. At a time when the "yellow journalism" of Hearst and Pulitzer was the norm, Ochs took over the Chattanooga Times at age 30 and turned it into a strong and respectable medium. Only eight years later he did the same for the New York Times, setting high standards for newspapers of the 20th century. Here are some thoughts on news.

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The quotes:

Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
     - Gore Vidal

A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
     - Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769 - 1821

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, 1743 - 1826

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
     - Adlai Ewing Stevenson, 1900 - 1965

It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world everyday always just exactly fits the newspaper.
     - Jerry Seinfeld


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