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Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?

Author: E. C. Bentley


The greatest felony in the news business today is to be behind, or to miss a big story. So speed and quantity substitute for thoroughness and quality, for accuracy and context. The pressure to compete, the fear somebody else will make the splash first, creates a frenzied environment in which a blizzard of information is presented and serious questions may not be raised.

Author: Carl Bernstein (1944)

Profession: American Journalist, writer

The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.

Author: David Brinkley

Profession: American TV Show Host

News is that which comes from the North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class ; publication and not news.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

News is the first rough draft of history.

Author: Philip L. Graham


No news is good news.

Author: Ludovic Halevy


News reports stand up as people, and people wither into editorials. Clichés walk around on two legs while men are having theirs shot off.

Author: Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

Profession: Austrian Satirist

Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.

Author: Milan Kundera (1929)

Profession: Czech Author, Critic

I do not like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.

Author: Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

Profession: American Humorous Poet

The conflict between the men who make and the men who report the news is as old as time. News may be true, but it is not truth, and reporters and officials seldom see it the same way. In the old days, the reporters or couriers of bad news were often put to the gallows; now they are given the Pulitzer Prize, but the conflict goes on.

Author: James Reston (1909-1995)

Profession: Dutch Born American Journalist

None loves the messenger who brings bad news.

Author: Sophocles

Profession: Greek Tragic Poet

To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit it and read it are old women over their tea.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Flash'd from his bed the electric tidings came, he is no better, he is much the same.

Author: Source Unknown


Today's news was published by word of mouth in the streets of ancient Athens.

Author: Source Unknown


In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.

Author: Voltaire (1694-1778)

Profession: French Historian, Writer