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Anderson, Richard D.
By covering the 'horse race' instead of the issues, the media encourage people to believe that politicians place self-interest above the public interest. The media also affect which issues people consider important, and negative advertisements discourage political participation. People learn from the media only because they know so little about politics. Were democracy deliberative, these media effects would undermine it. But democracy is not a deliberation but a contest that relies on the ability of the media to shape public opinion. The evidence for media effects is strong, but the media cannot be undermining a form of democracy that does not and cannot exist, and they do sustain the form that does.

Sep. 01, 1998 - from "The Place of the Media in Popular Democracy", an essay published in Critical Review, Fall 1998
Bevan, Aneurin
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.

Black, Conrad Moffat  
[On Canadian journalists who privately support his free-market views] I don't much care about being mis-type cast, but I'm getting a little tired of wrestling with the entire Canadian left-wing media myself while thousands of publicity-shy well-wishers offer to hold my coat.

Jul. 18, 1989 - from a letter to The Financial Post
...the Canadian media [has a] predilection for behaving like a rampaging industrial union while pretending absurdly to be a learned profession.

1993 - from A Life in Progress
Canadian media [are] irresponsible, narcissistic, self-righteously biased, unqualified to exercise the power they have, over-indulged... by owners afraid to offer any ethical direction.

Jul. 18, 1989 - from a letter published in The Financial Post
... the malaise of our free press [is] the irresponsible power of journalists, unrestrained by publishers.

May 19, 1988 - from a column in The Financial Post
Bloom, Alan
First radio, then television, have assaulted and overturned the privacy of the home, the real American privacy, which permitted the development of a higher and more independent life within democratic society. Parents can no longer control the atmosphere of the home and have lost even the will to do so. With great subtlety and energy, television enters not only the room, but also the tastes of old and young alike, appealing to the immediately pleasant and subverting whatever does not conform to it.

1987 - from The Closing of the American Mind
Bonaparte, Napoleon
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

Cheney, Lynne V.
People who grow up without a sense of how yesterday has affected today are unlikely to have a strong sense of how today affects tomorrow. It is only when we become conscious of the flow of time that the consequences of action - whether it is taking drugs or dropping out of school - become a consideration. It is only in perspective on our lives that motives besides immediate gratification can come into play.

Coulter, Ann
[New York Times] ... a bizarre sectarian newspaper edited by wrathful demagogues.

Dec. 18, 2000 - from her column "Plus the sun was in his eyes"

Deaver, Michael
The media I've had a lot to do with is lazy. We fed them and they ate it every day.

Diefenbaker, John George  
Whoever has charge of commenting on the news controls the future thinking of the nation.

Aug. 24, 1946 - from a statement in the Canadian Parliament
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

Fox, Bill  
... the media are, arguably, the central nervous system of today's wired world.

Apr. 1999 - from Spinwars
Fraser, Matthew  
Only in Canada do regulators pick winners in the broadcasting marketplace by selecting who will own, operate and profit from television channels. In most other industrial countries, markets make those decisions. But Canada stubbornly persists - in the name of preposterous bureaucratic prerogatives disguised as high-minded cultural policy - in obliging market belligerants to compete for regulatory favour.

Feb. 19, 2001 - from "Salter Street sale reveals cracks in media regulation", published in the Financial Post
Frum, David  
As the Dead Sea Scrolls remind us, the impulse to declare that the End Is Nigh has been driving men to grow beards and retreat into the desert for millennia. One of the strange tendencies of modern life, however, has been the institutionalization of scaremongering, the willingness of the mass media and government to lend plausibility to wild surmises about the future.

Mar. 2000 - from How We Got Here: Life Since the Seventies for Better or Worse, Random House
Frye, H. Northrop  
If the world is becoming a global village, it will also take on the features of real village life, including cliques, lifelong feuds, and impassable social barriers.

Jul. 9, 1970 - from "Communications", published in The Listener
Gandhi, Mahatma Mohandas
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

Gingrich, Newt
It is much easier to communicate, in the current generation of news media, about scandal than about substance.

If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as 'candle-making industry threatened'.


Between campaigns, debates are framed on the left - and the bias is so deep that those who are biased do not even know it. All their friends share the same view and they think it is simply normal. Hence, conservatism is tactically on the defensive.

Nov. 01, 1997 - from a speech delivered at the International Conservative Congress, quoted by National Review Magazine
Goldwater, Barry
I won't say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of those reporters had been Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Aug. 11, 1964 - in the New York Times, quoted in The Quotable Conservative, by Bill Adler
Gross, Martin
A sophomore [at Yale University] could take the following list of courses in complete fulfillment of his sophomore year: Redesigning the Family: Challenges from Lesbians/Gay Men, Photography and Images of the Body, Love Books in the Middle Ages, Intermediate Yoruba, Women's History: Methodical and Comparative Inquiry, AIDS in Society, Listening to Music, Affirmative Action and Civil Rights in the Labor Market, Sexual Meanings, Troubadours and Rock Stars--a Comparison.

1997 - from The End of Sanity
At Yale, a student publication, Light and Truth, drew on the college catalog to shape an entire four-year course of study without any academic base – from ‘Intermediate Yoruba’ to ‘Troubadours and Rock Stars’ – one that the administration confirmed would lead to a bachelor’s degree.

Hand, Learned
The art of publicity is a black art.

quoted in The Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Quotations (1993) by Robert I. Fitzhenry
Hayek, Friedrich
The conception that government should be guided by majority opinion makes sense only if that opinion is independent of government. The ideal of democracy rests on the belief that the view which will direct government emerges from an independent and spontaneous process. It requires, therefore, the existence of a large sphere independent of majority control in which the opinions of the individuals are formed.

1944 - from The Road to Serfdom
Hazlitt, Henry
The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.

Herman, Edward S.
Only when the government needs atrocities to justify its foreign-policy decisions do atrocities become the subject of press conferences and news reports, with intense focus and indignation. This is done with such assurance and self-righteous virtue that liberals and leftists jump on the bandwagon and welcome the government's gracious willingness in this particular case to finally rain "justice" down on the targeted villain. The ease with which leftists accept the U.S. (and NATO) as proper authorities to decide, judge, and drop bombs is nothing short of astonishing.

Apr. 5, 1999 - from "Kosovo bombings: Experts weigh in", published on the MoJo Wire
... mainstream media often serve as virtual propaganda agents of the state, peddling viewpoints the state wishes to inculcate and marginalizing any alternative perspectives. This is especially true in times of war, when the wave of patriotic frenzy encouraged by the war-makers quickly engulfs the media. Under these conditions the media's capacity for dispassionate reporting and critical analysis is suspended, and they quickly become cheer-leaders and apologists for war.

Jun. 10, 1999 - from "Transcripts from Kosovo Teach-In #5", published on Foreign Policy in Focus
Herrnstein, Richard
The ideology of equality has done some good. For example, it is not possible as a practical matter to be an identifiable racist or sexist and still hold public office. But most of its effects are bad. Given the power of contemporary news media to imprint a nation-wide image overnight, mainstream political figures have found that their allegiance to the rhetoric of equality must extend very far indeed, for a single careless remark can irretrievably damage or even end a public career. In everyday life, the ideology of equality censors and straitjackets everything from pedagogy to humor. The ideology of equality has stunted the range of moral dialogue to triviality. In daily life-conversations, the lessons taught in public schools, the kinds of screenplays or newspaper feature stories that people choose to write-the moral ascendancy of equality has made it difficult to use concepts such as virtue, excellence, beauty and-above all-truth.

1994 - from The Bell Curve, The Free Press, New York (with Charles Murray)

Hume, David
[Ideas of perfect equality] are really, at bottom, impracticable; and, were they not so, would be extremely pernicious to human society. Render possessions ever so equal, men's different degrees of art, care and industry will immediately break that equality. Or if you check these virtues, you reduce society to the most extreme indigence; and instead of preventing want and beggary in a few, render it unavoidable to the whole community.

1745 - from Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding
Inge, William Ralph
The vulgar mind always mistakes the exceptional for the important.

Jefferson, Thomas
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will.

Sep. 9, 1792 - from a letter to George Washington
Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Jan.28, 1786 - from a letter to James Currie
Jonas, George  
Media fashions may be changing, but several Canadian prisoners of gender politics are still in jail. To this day people wonder how could Germans, a highly civilized people, surrender the best traditions of their society to the pseudo-scientific ravings of Nazi zealots. Perhaps we should wonder no more. We, too, have surrendered some of our legal system to pseudo-scientific ravings. Luckily, our victims number only hundreds, not millions, and most are still alive. We can yet repair the damage.

May 4, 1998 - from "Hysterical lies of the mind", published in the Toronto Sun
Jukes, Steven
 We all know that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter and that Reuters upholds the principle that we do not use the word 'terrorist'... We're trying to treat everyone on a level playing field...

Sept. 27, 2001 - from a directive to Reuters staff and an interview about it, after the World Trade Center attacks, quoted by John O'Sullivan in "Call them what they are - terrorists" published in the National Post
Kelly, Grace
The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.

Kennedy, John F.
To paraphrase the old saying, 'Good news is no news.'

1962 - quoted in Parade magazine
Kissinger, Henry
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit longer.

Klein, Jonathan C.
The media, which has historically served as a check on society, is now looked upon as part of the establishment.

Kristol, Irving
Today there is a new class hostile to business in general, and especially to large corporations. As a group, you find them mainly in the very large and growing public sector and in the media. They share a disinterest in personal wealth, a dislike for the free-market economy, and a conviction that society may best be improved through greater governmental participation in the country's economic life. They are the media. They are the educational system. Their dislike for the free-market economy originates in their inability to exercise much influence over it so as to produce change. In its place they would prefer a system in which there is a very large political component. This is because the new class has a great deal of influence in politics. Thus, through politics, they can exercise a direct and immediate influence on the shape of our society and the direction of national affairs.

1975 - from "The Question of Liberty in America"
Lamb, Brian
I worked under the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, Arthur Sylvester, who you might remember was quoted early in the Kennedy administration as saying the government had a right to lie. ... It was my first education into how news was made, and what motivated correspondents and what motivated the government, how government attempted to shade and cover up and lie, and how the media in some cases would be a willing accomplice.

Mar. 01, 1996 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Lichter, S. Robert
Today's leading journalists are politically liberal and alienated from traditional norms and institutions. . . . Yet theirs is not the New Deal liberalism of the underprivileged, but the contemporary social liberalism of the urban sophisticate. . . . They differ most from the general public. . . on the divisive social issues that have emerged since the 1960s -- abortion, gay rights, affirmative action, et cetera. . . . They would like to strip traditional powerbrokers of their influence and empower black leaders, consumer groups, intellectuals, and ... the media.

1990 - from The Media Elite
Lippmann, Walter
Journalists should not be so distant that all they can hear are shouts, nor so close that they become more conspirators than critics.

Loney, Martin  
The race industry enthusiastically supports the collection of extensive racial data with one striking exception - crime data. This allows the discussion about ethnicity and crime to proceed unencumbered by basic facts. ... Some sources of information do provide insight into the involvement of individuals from different ethnic backgrounds in crime and they suggest that, far from racializing crime, the media reflect real concerns. The Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada, in it's 1997 report on organized crime, noted the role of Jamaican Posse's in the distribution of crack cocaine in Southern Ontario. The Rae Government's Commission on Systemic Racism showed black adults were admitted to prison at five times the rate of white adults, but that Asians were admitted at only half the rate of white adults. The disparity in some offences was striking: The black-white ratio for drug trafficing and importing was twenty-two to one, for weapons offenses, black-white remand rates were nine to one. The race industry claims such figures result from differential policing, but black admisions for drinking and driving offences, a charge in which the police have considerable discretion, are half those of whites.

Oct. 2, 1999 - from "Reporting on the Colour of Crime", published in the National Post
Ma, Ying
The very rawest racial conflicts in present-day America don’t even fit into the tidy mold of white-majority-oppressing-colored-minority that activists constantly promote. Though civil rights groups and most of the media studiously ignore this fact, the nation’s most fractious racial battles are now conflicts between minority populations. Particularly horrific is the animosity directed at Asian Americans by blacks in low-income areas of urban America.

Nov. 01, 1998 - from "Black Racism: The hate that dare not speak its name", published in The American Enterprise
Mailer, Norman
Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.

1960 - from a column in Esquire magazine
Matthews, Chris
... to mass, uninformed and unanalytical audiences, the moral imagery always outdazzles the scientific.

from Hardball
McLuhan, Marshall  
The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favour of his image, because the image will be so much more powerful than he could ever be.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, by Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Publishing
Mercer, Ilana  
The CBC is an undisputed enemy of self-government. Its multimedia tendrils, nourished with taxpayer dollars, choke the national psyche and propogate the Nanny state.

Jun. 25, 2001 - from "The Aspers are not threatening free expression, the government is", published by Report Newsmagazine

Moyers, Bill D.
We see more and more of our Presidents and know less and less about what they do.

Murray, Charles
The ideology of equality has done some good. For example, it is not possible as a practical matter to be an identifiable racist or sexist and still hold public office. But most of its effects are bad. Given the power of contemporary news media to imprint a nation-wide image overnight, mainstream political figures have found that their allegiance to the rhetoric of equality must extend very far indeed, for a single careless remark can irretrievably damage or even end a public career. In everyday life, the ideology of equality censors and straitjackets everything from pedagogy to humor. The ideology of equality has stunted the range of moral dialogue to triviality. In daily life-conversations, the lessons taught in public schools, the kinds of screenplays or newspaper feature stories that people choose to write-the moral ascendancy of equality has made it difficult to use concepts such as virtue, excellence, beauty and-above all-truth.

1994 - from The Bell Curve, The Free Press, New York (with Richard Herrnstein)
Orwell, George
Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.

The weakness of all left-wing parties is their inability to tell the truth about the immediate future.

Pulitzer, Joseph
Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all accurately so they will be guided by its light.

Publicity, publicity, publicity is the greatest factor and force in our public life.

Newspapers should have no friends.

 The newspaper that is true to its highest mission will concern itself with the things that ought to happen tomorrow, or the next month, or the next year, and will seek to make what ought to happen come to pass ... the highest mission of the press is to render public service.

Robson, John  
... most of those who bring faith into politics take the politics very seriously but not the faith. The media are generally comfortable with that.

May 19, 2000 - from "We need to get God back into our politics", published in the Ottawa Citizen
Rogers, Will
Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.

Sevareid, Eric
The bigger the information media, the less courage and freedom they allow. Bigness means weakness.

Shaw, George Bernard
The trouble with the media is that it seems unable to distinguish between the end of the world and a bicycle accident.

Sowell, Thomas
How are you going to tell a young black man to work hard, or study hard in order to get ahead, when both the media and many so-called 'leaders' are constantly telling him that everything is rigged against him? Why knock yourself out on the job, or miss the Saturday night party in order to study, if Whitey is just waiting in ambush to pull the rug out from under you anyway?

May 1997 - quoted in "Reading, writing and racism", by Okey Chigbo, published in The Next City Magazine, Spring 1997
People have been lying for centuries. What makes their statistical lies so dangerous today is that so many people in the media are ready to accept and broadcast statistics turned out by activist groups with an axe to grind -- when those groups share the liberal-left orientation of the media. ... Whole organizations and movements are in the business of trying to alarm the public -- radical feminists, environmental extremists, race hustlers, "consumer advocates" and many more. Wild statistics help them get free publicity in the media and help stampede politicians to "do something," usually by spending the taxpayers' money to deal with a manufactured "crisis." ... The one thing that all these distortions and falsifications of statistics have in common is their thrust in the direction of creating artificial "problems" and "crises" to be dealt with by imposing government "solutions."

Jun. 28, 2001 - from "Lying Statistics", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.
Thomas, Cal
When I was young, my parents never worried that I might learn something bad from "Buffalo Bob'' and Shari Lewis. Television was a welcome guest in our home. You could even watch the news as a family. Other shows -- like "Kukla, Fran and Ollie,'' "Ding Dong School'' and "Romper Room'' -- taught children right from wrong and instilled positive moral and patriotic values. Some scoff at such things today, but it might be argued that the rejection of those values has led to many of our present predicaments.

Aug. 10, 1998 - from "Endangered Species", published in Jewish World Review
Thorsell, William  
The incidence of wife abuse may differ significantly among Canadians of various ethnic backgrounds, but unless it be aboriginals, the media shy away from reporting it. Drug trafficking and racketeering may be dominated by Canadians (or refugee claimants) with ties to particular countries, but the media rarely note these peculiarities. A rising incidence of armed robbery with violence may be traced in significant part to a particular immigrant community, but the media will almost never investigate the possibility ... We practice a double standard in this kind of reporting, and so doing, we practice bad journalism.

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

Slovenian proverb
Watson, Paul  
... the secret to Greenpeace's success: It doesn't matter what is true... it only matters what people believe is true... You are what the media define you to be.

Wilde, Oscar
... Journalism... justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarest.

1891 - from The Critic as Artist
Modern journalism... by giving us the opinions of the un-educated, keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.

1891 - from The Critic as Artist

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.

1895 - from The Soul of a Man Under Socialism
Wilson-Smith, Anthony  
Unlike doctors or lawyers, both of whom have to pass rigorous tests, and can be barred from practising if they violate rules regarding their conduct journalism has no such barriers or universal codes of conduct.

Woodard, Joe  
Pollsters and theologians agree that Canadians prefer their faith unmediated by doctrine or denomination. Religion is now a matter of private judgement and observance for a majority, and thus we have become a country of not a few hundred different creeds but a few million.

Jun. 10, 1996 - from "Every man his own church", Alberta Report