Quotes About The Media

The media enlightens people and voices their sentiments and ideas. However, under oppressive rules, it is either a prisoner or a flatterer. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Every writer should be well-mannered in words and behavior, refined in language and writing. Otherwise, much damage can be done for the sake of an illusory good. – M. Fethullah Gulen

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Journalists and writers who do not write according to national sentiment and thought represent Babylonian enslavement. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The media should avoid serving individual fancies, for their main purpose is to enlighten and serve the nation as a whole. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Many cranial bones now decaying in graveyards contain books that could not be written because of oppression or censorship. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Quotes About The Media

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. – Malcolm X 

All of us who professionally use the mass media are the shapers of society. We can vulgerize that society. We can brutalize it. Or we can help lift it onto a higher level. – William Bernbach

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values. – Marshall McLuhan

The media tends to report rumors, speculations, and projections as facts… How does the media do this? By quoting some “expert”… you can always find some expert who will say something hopelessly hopeless about anything. – Peter McWilliams

The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news… and it’s not entirely the media’s fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news. – Peter McWilliams

The media’s power is frail. Without the people’s support, it can be shut off with the ease of turning a light switch. – Corazon Aquino

For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship’s captain complaining about the sea. – Enoch Powell

Media: 99,99% of what happens is not on the news. – Loesje

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

In day-to-day commerce, television is not so much interested in the business of communications as in the business of delivering audiences to advertisers. People are the merchandise, not the shows. The shows are merely the bait. – Author unknown

People shouldn’t expect the mass media to do investigative stories. That job belongs to the ‘fringe’ media. – Ted Koppel

It’s hard to believe that in the greatest democracy in the world, we need legislation to prevent the government from writing and paying for the news. – Senator John Kerry

Today we are beginning to notice that the new media are not just mechanical gimmicks for creating worlds of illusion, but new languages with new and unique powers of expression. – Marshall McLuhan

The news is staged, anticipated, reported, analyzed until all interest is wrung from it and abandoned for some new novelty. – Thomas Griffith

Media is a word that has come to mean bad journalism. – Graham Greene

A new medium is never an addition to an old one, nor does it leave the old one in peace. It never ceases to oppress the older media until it finds new shapes and positions for them. – Marshall McLuhan

National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services. – Corazon Aquino

People in the media say they must look at the president with a microscope. Now, I don’t mind a microscope, but boy, when they use a proctoscope, that’s going too far. – Richard M. Nixon

The American people deserve to know that they’re not just watching the administration’s spin on their local newscasts — they’re paying for it, too. – Senator John Kerry                                                             

Homer is new this morning, and perhaps nothing is as old as today’s newspaper. – Charles Peguy

The media have substituted themselves for the older world. Even if we should wish to recover that older world we can do it only by an intensive study of the ways in which the media have swallowed it. – Marshall McLuhan

New media may at first appear as mere codes of transmission for older achievement and established patterns of thought. But nobody could make the mistake of supposing that phonetic writing merely made it possible for the Greeks to set down in visual. – Marshall McLuhan

Most of the media… is positioning the merger with Compaq and the recent actions by Walter Hewlett and David Packard as a fight between the past and the future. – Carly Fiorina

Going on the radio is like talking to a nice girl you know; you think of perfect things to say and things to talk about but you can’t premeditate love or the media. – Alex James

Watergate had become the center of the media’s universe, and during the remaining year of my presidency the media tried to force everything else to revolve around it. – Richard M. Nixon

The public relations warriors fought and lost Monte Carlo’s Battle of the Magazine Covers. – John Vinocur

Newspapers, television networks, and magazines have sometimes been outrageously abusive, untruthful, arrogant, and hypocritical. But it hardly follows that elimination of a strong and independent press is the way to eliminate abusiveness . . . – Potter Stewart

The current state of the news media is partially to blame for the public’s general lack of information vital for responsible citizenship in a democracy. The news media has become an aspect of show business, offering merely infotainment. It has evolved into an entity that tends to function as a public relations agency for wealthy and powerful multinational corporations, members of Congress, the current Presidential Administration including the administrations that preceded it. The news media is being utilized as a political tool of suppression and propaganda by those in power, and propaganda is psychological in nature. Full of half-truths and utter misinformation, it’s an arrogant and very commercial strategy that is implemented because it appeals to emotions, fear being the main one relentless talk of national security, personal and community safety, can trigger childhood insecurities and indoctrinated views of authority. – Teresa Stover

A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of ‘monopoly in the means of production.’ – Robert Anton Wilson

We are so cleverly manipulated and influenced by the media and establishments on both the right and left, that the truth has become hopelessly lost in semantics. – Jules Carlysle

Now, they have invented a new war to fire our passion and capture imagination…The War on Christmas. It’s a poorly staged rendition of Wag the Dog interpreted for the morbidly stupid and performed by the criminally insane. – Jules Carlysle

If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle. – Hillary Clinton

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

I could announce one morning that the world was going to blow up in three hours and people would be calling in about my hair! – Katie Couric

Celebrity culture has gone crazy, and I think the reason is that real news is just not bearable, and it also seems impossible to change anything. – Chris Martin

The whole notion of journalism being an institution whose fundamental purpose is to educate and inform and even, one might say, elevate, has altered under commercial pressure, perhaps, into a different kind of purpose, which is to divert and distract and entertain. – Tom Stoppard

I’ve always thought that it’s good to watch the news to find out what everybody else is looking at and believing, if only because that’s how consensus is constructed. – Barbara Kruger

I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon. – Tom Stoppard

Don’t overstate Fox News. It’s still much smaller than the least of the network niches. – Tom Brokaw

Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day – 23 minutes – and that’s supposed to be enough. – Walter Cronkite

I have a liberal definition of news because I think news can be what excites people. I’m not very sanctimonious about what news is and isn’t. – Diane Sawyer

I have very strong theories about magazine publishing. And I think that it is the most personal form of journalism. And I think that a magazine is an old friend. – Hugh Hefner

Television saved the movies. The Internet is going to save the news business. – Matt Drudge

Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism.Graham Greene

There are only two forces that can carry light to all the corners of the globe… the sun in the heavens and the Associated Press down here. Mark Twain

The world is for thousands a freak show; the images flicker past and vanish; the impressions remain flat and unconnected in the soul. Thus they are easily led by the opinions of others, are content to let their impressions be shuffled and rearranged and evaluated differently. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.John Berger

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. Marshall McLuhan

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

For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders. Margaret Mead

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

Publication is a self-invasion of privacy. Marshall McLuhan

We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough. Henry David Thoreau

In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. Oscar Wilde

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. Jimmy Carter

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I believe that music is another form of news. Music is another form of journalism to me so I have to cover all the areas with my album. – Lil Wayne

It’s my responsibility as a singer-songwriter to report the news. – John Mellencamp

Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it. – Horace Greeley

It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. – Jerry Seinfeld

I have fits of melancholia when I watch the news, but we all do, don’t we? – Julian Fellowes

I can gather all the news I need on the weather report. – Simon and Garfunkel

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media. – Noam Chomsky

If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature. – Julian Assange

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. – Malcom X

I spent my time drinking and staring at a television in the airport bar. More death and destruction. Crime. Pollution. All the news stories were telling me to be frightened. All the commercials were telling me to buy things I didn’t need. The message was that people could only be passive victims or consumers. – John Twelve Hawks

‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ is a form of service journalism. To be successful, I think it has to be a combination of a good story, it has to be funny, and it also needs to be packed with useful information. – Ted Allen

The central dilemma in journalism is that you don’t know what you don’t know. – Bob Woodward

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. – W. H. Auden

Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture. – Allen Ginsberg

I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family it says they’re looting, if you see a white family it says they’re looking for food. – Kanye West

Don’t hate the media, become the media. – Jello Biafra

As a journalist, one tends to think there’s nothing off limits. – Peter Jennings

I’m a soulless lawyer. Give me any opinion and I can argue it. – Megyn Kelly

The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman. Junius

The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium — that is, of any extension of ourselves — result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology. Marshall McLuhan

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.Jean Baudrillard

The press is no substitute for institutions. It is like the beam of a searchlight that moves restlessly about, bringing one episode and then another out of darkness into vision. Men cannot do the work of the world by this light alone. They cannot govern society by episodes, incidents, and eruptions. It is only when they work by a steady light of their own, that the press, when it is turned upon them, reveals a situation intelligible enough for a popular decision.Walter Lippmann

There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn’t write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn’t any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.John F. Kennedy

When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple, the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute.Walter Lippmann

The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western World. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity — much less dissent.Gore Vidal

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

Report me and my cause aright. William Shakespeare

The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck. Theodore Roosevelt

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.Walter Benjamin

Belief is with them mechanical, voluntary: they believe what they are paid for — they swear to that which turns to account. Do you suppose, that after years spent in this manner, they have any feeling left answering to the difference between truth and falsehood? William Hazlitt

The very hirelings of the press, whose trade it is to buoy up the spirits of the people. have uttered falsehoods so long, they have played off so many tricks, that their budget seems, at last, to be quite empty.William Cobbett

It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master. James Fenimore Cooper

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

On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll; on plastic clay and leather scroll, man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed, and lo! the Press was found at last! John Greenleaf Whittier

The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control — indoctrination, we might say — exercised through the mass media. Noam Chomsky

The press, that goiter of the world, swells up with the desire for conquest and bursts with the achievements which every day brings. A week has room for the boldest climax of the human drive for expansion. Karl Kraus

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