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Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.

Author: Spiro T. Agnew (1918-1996)

Profession: American Vice President

Power without responsibility -- the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages.

Author: Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947)

Profession: British Conservative Politician, Prime Minister

The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, news flashes, adverts, news broadcasts, movies, presenters -- there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void. That's why the slightest technical hitch, the slightest slip on the part of the presenter becomes so exciting, for it reveals the depth of the emptiness squinting out at us through this little window.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

It is precisely the purpose of the public opinion generated by the press to make the public incapable of judging, to insinuate into it the attitude of someone irresponsible, uninformed.

Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)

Profession: German Critic, Philosopher

The media network has its idols, but its principal idol is its own style which generates an aura of winning and leaves the rest in darkness. It recognizes neither pity nor pitilessness.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

There's no business like show business.

Author: Irving Berlin (1888-1989)

Profession: Russian Composer

Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.

Author: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

Profession: German Dramatist, Poet

The press and politicians. A delicate relationship. Too close, and danger ensues. Too far apart and democracy itself cannot function without the essential exchange of information. Creative leaks, a discreet lunch, interchange in the Lobby, the art of the unattributable telephone call, late at night.

Author: Howard Brenton

Profession: British Playwright

Media, the plural of mediocrity.

Author: Jimmy Breslin

Profession: American Actor, Author

Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention: people look without seeing, listen in without hearing.

Author: Robert Bresson (1907)

Profession: French Film Director

I think that in the minds of many, the press is being seen less and less as a neutral observer in the impeachment enterprise and more and more as participants, or even collaborators. [On Media's Participation In Watergate]

Author: Patrick Buchanan (1938)

Profession: American Statesman

If the sexual revolution has been a medical disaster, socially it has been a catastrophe. Why do the media not report and explore the tragic results of the sexual revolution? Because many are collaborators.

Author: Patrick Buchanan (1938)

Profession: American Statesman

The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business.

Author: Jimmy Carter (1924)

Profession: American Statesman, 39th President