I am considerably concerned when I see the extent to which we are developing a one-party press in a two-party country.
If I were to give liberty to the press, my power could not last three days.
I hope we never live to see the day when a thing is as bad as some of our newspapers make it.
Junk journalism is the evidence of a society that has got at least one thing right, that there should be nobody with the power to dictate where responsible journalism begins.
I never read French newspapers, they print only what I want them to.
I picked up a newspaper today and I couldn’t believe it. I read eight headlines that talked about chaos, violence, unrest. And it just was Henny Penny – ‘The sky is falling’. I’ve never seen anything like it! (Looting in Iraq)
Freedom of the press… is freedom to print such of the proprietor’s prejudices as the advertisers don’t object to.
In Czechoslovakia there is no such thing as freedom of the press. In the United States there is no such thing as freedom from the press.
Here’s my reply to their Kulturkampf: For exactly 30 years, I have been supported handsomely for disagreeing with The Times’s editorial page, which is dovish on defense, leftist on economics and (with the exception of civil liberties) resolutely wrongheaded. Never have I been silenced, and conservative thinkers have an ever-fairer shake on the Op-Ed page. […]
I must say I conscientiously refrain from reading newspapers… and I consider it my duty to wean everybody from that pernicious habit. There’s a good old man sitting in Vorobyovka who smelts 2 or 3 pages of Schopenhauer in his brain and pours them out in Russian, has a game of billiards, kills a woodcock, […]