The Media Quotes

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“Because instant and credible information has to be given, it becomes necessary to resort to guesswork, rumors and suppositions to fill in the voids, and none of them will ever be rectified, they will stay on in the readers' memory. How many hasty, immature, superficial and misleading judgments are expressed every day, confusing readers, without any verification. The press can both simulate public opinion and miseducate it. Thus we may see terrorists heroized, or secret matters, pertaining to one's nation's defense, publicly revealed, or we may witness shameless intrusion on the privacy of well-known people under the slogan: "everyone is entitled to know everything." But this is a false slogan, characteristic of a false era: people also have the right not to know, and it is a much more valuable one. The right not to have their divine souls stuffed with gossip, nonsense, vain talk. A person who works and leads a meaningful life does not need this excessive burdening flow of information.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Iris Murdoch
“We are all the judges and the judged, victims of the casual malice and fantasy of others, and ready sources of fantasy and malice in our turn. And if we are sometimes accused of sins of which we are innocent, are there not also other sins of which we are guilty and of which the world knows nothing?”
Iris Murdoch, Nuns and Soldiers

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A celebrity is an object that the media manufactures today, just so they have a subject tomorrow.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Back then: to be regarded as well-known, one had to be great. Today: to be regarded as great, one has to be well-known.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Interviews were invented to make journalism less passive. Instead of waiting for something to happen, journalists ask someone what should or could happen.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, N for Nigger: Aphorisms for Grown Children and Childish Grown-ups

William T. Sherman
“The American press is a shame and a reproach to a civilized people. When a man is too lazy to work and too cowardly to steal, he becomes an editor and manufactures public opinion.”
William T. Sherman

“One of the cardinal rules of journalism: Once you have cabled a story you must stick by it and back it up, unless something completely overwhelming proves you to have been wrong. In such a case, just drop the matter.”
Wynant Davis Hubbard, Fiasco in Ethiopia

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A rumor is usually a lie that the media can legally profit from.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

James Rozoff
“The media is socially liberal, economically conservative, and always pro-war.”
James Rozoff

Ryan Holiday
“When attempting to turn things around for a particularly disliked or controversial client, Sitrick was fond of saying, "We need to find a lead steer!" The media, like any group of animals, gallops in a herd. It takes just one steer to start a stampede.”
Ryan Holiday, Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A church service starts and ends with a prayer. A magazine starts and ends with an advert.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most nobodies are somebodies and most somebodies are nobodies somewhere.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“When reading a book, you are sold what some writer thought. When reading a newspaper, you are sold what someone did, and, what some advertiser made.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Albert Einstein
“In politics not only are leaders lacking, but the independence of spirit and the sense of justice of the citizen have to a great extent declined. The democratic, parliamentarian regime, which is based on such independence, has in many places been shaken, dictatorships have sprung up and are tolerated, because men’s sense of the dignity and the rights of the individual is no longer strong enough. In two weeks the sheep-like masses can be worked up by the newspapers into such a state of excited fury that the men are prepared to put on uniform and kill and be killed, for the sake of the worthless aims of a few interested parties.”
Albert Einstein, The World as I See It