I read nothing but the criminal news and the agony column. The latter is always instructive.
Pillory, n. A mechanical device for inflicting personal distinction – prototype of the modern newspaper conducted by persons of austere virtues and blameless lives.
The newspaper does ivrything f’r us. It runs th’ polis foorce an’ th’ banks, commands th’ milishy, conthrols th’ ligislachure, baptizes th’ young, marries th’ foolish, comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable, buries th’ dead an’ roasts thim aftherward.
In revealing the workings of government that led to the Vietnam War, the newspapers nobly did precisely that which the Founders hoped and trusted they would do. (Pentagon Papers)
Journalism is organized gossip.
For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news.
To what base uses we put this ineffable intellect! To reading all day murders and railroad accidents, to choosing patterns for waistcoats and scarfs.
Saying the Washington Post is just a newspaper is like saying Rasputin was just a country priest.
A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.
I don’t care what the papers say about me as long as they spell my name right.