He had been kicked in the head by a mule when young, and believed everything he read in the Sunday papers.
Television - a device that permits people who haven't anything to do to watch people who can't do anything.
Television is a new medium, and I have discovered why it's called a new medium - because nothing is well done.
The duty of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Never answer an anonymous letter.
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
When a dog bites a man, that isn't news. It often happens. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.
The funny thing is better TV shows don't cost that much more than lousy TV shows.
The market will pay better to entertain than educate.
Journalism largely consists in sayingLord Jones Deadto people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.
A Harvard professor told me that if there was no Gallup poll there'd be no Bill Clinton.
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.
Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we should have people standing in the corners of our rooms.
Time has convinced me of one thing. Television is for appearing on, not for looking at.
When I started out, people were afraid of parish priests. Now they're afraid of newspaper editors.
The media ... is like an oil painting. Close up, it looks like nothing on earth. Stand back and you get the drift.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Media people should have long noses like an elephant to smell out politicians, mayors, prime ministers and businessmen. We need to know the reality, the good and the bad, not just the appearance.
Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not the battlefields of Vietnam.
The medium is the message.
A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
Journalism is to politician as dog is to lamppost.
Whenever I see a newspaper, I think of the poor trees. As trees they provide beauty, shade and shelter. But, as paper, all they provide is rubbish.
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
I don't give a damn what the media critics say. It's what your readers say. If you haven't got any readers, you're only talking to yourself.
You can't shame or humiliate modern celebrities. What used to be called shame and humiliation is now called publicity.
On average, five times as many people read the headlines as read the body copy.
There is one category of advertising which is totally uncontrolled and flagrantly dishonest: the television commercials for candidates in Presidential elections.
Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.
For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea.
Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
Freedom of the press in Britain means freedom to print such of the proprietor's prejudices as the advertisers don't object to.
We must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
The only qualities essential for real success in journalism are ratlike cunning, a plausible manner, and a little literary ability.
I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
It is a free press ... There are laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
You try to tell me anything about the newspaper business! Sir! I have been through it from Alpha to Omega, and I tell you the less a man knows the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands.
News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.