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Talking journalism blues

In journalism, Uncategorized on 20 May 2010 at 8:41 pm

I woke up this morning wanting to tell some jokes. Not knowing any, I opened up my Internet to the funny pages. Today’s posts are dedicated to having a good time. If you are easily offended, humor challenged or just too busy, you are free to go. Otherwise, enjoy. We’ll start with actual quotes about our actual business. Perhaps you’ll see fit to add your own favorites. – Clay

“If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read:  ‘President Can’t Swim.’”

~ Lyndon B. Johnson

“You can crush a man with journalism.”

~William Randolph Hearst

“If it’s called the USA Today, why is all the news from yesterday?”

~Stephen Colbert

“I do not mean to be the slightest bit critical of TV newspeople, who do a superb job, considering that they operate under severe time constraints and have the intellectual depth of hamsters. But TV news can only present the ‘bare bones’ of a story; it takes a newspaper, with its capability to present vast amounts of information, to render the story truly boring.”

~Dave Barry

“All of us learn to write by the second grade, then most of us go on to other things.”

~Bobby Knight, on reporters

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”


“The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”

~ Oscar Wilde

“News is something someone wants suppressed. Everything else is just advertising.”

~ Lord Northcliff

“Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.”

~ Frank Zappa

“What’s the difference between a 3-week-old puppy and a sportswriter? In 6 weeks, the puppy will stop whining.”

~ Mike Ditka

“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.”

~ Gore Vidal

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

~ Jerry Seinfeld


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