The Press

The second hand of a clock...

"Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock."

-- Ben Hecht

We live in a dirty and dangerous world.

"We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."

-- Katharine Graham, in a speech to CIA recruits in 1988

The CIA and the Media

“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”

-- William Colby, former director of the CIA

Deliberate distortion of the news...

"The FCC policy against deliberate distortion of the news is not a 'law, rule, or regulation.'"

-- Fox News, from a memorandum filed on behalf of a Fox-owned TV station in Florida, arguing it had committed no offense in dismissing journalists Steve Wilson and Jane Akre for refusing to remove what the reporters considered to be true information from their report on growth hormones and milk.

You can say anything you want in a debate...

"Bush's press secretary told reporters after a 1984 debate with his then vice presidential opponent: 'You can say anything you want in a debate, and 80 million people hear it. If reporters then document that a candidate spoke untruthfully, so what? Maybe 200 people read it, or 2,000, or 20,000.'"

-- Holly Sklar
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