Journalism Quotes (931 Quotes)



    I know a lot of reporters certainly will go to jail to defend confidential sources. Some have even gone to jail for an issue like this. But I can't say that's the norm.



    I am excited and honored to have this opportunity, both as a CNN veteran who has done virtually every job in the organization and as a journalist dedicated to maintaining our stature as the world's most powerful news organization.


    Her travel writing was characterized by a high moral purpose and an overwhelming sense of justice. What distinguishes her journalism is her eloquent outrage and commitment to fair play.



    It was one of those situations where you have instincts as a reporter, and instincts as a human being. There are times when you are not thinking of stories, you are thinking of people's safety.

    With the number of labor-intensive acres going up in California, their behavior does not seem to suggest that they see a labor shortage, even if that's what they tell reporters. Farmers always think there's not enough labor. It's a very unpredictable business. You can't control the weather. The one thing you can push for is a lax immigration program, or a guest-worker program.

    And journalism itself has changed. News organizations and some journalists have transformed from their traditional role as watchdogs of power into institutions of power themselves with an ability, indeed, a susceptibility, to abuse that power.


    We have an extraordinary team of journalists and employees in this company who are absolutely dedicated to getting this paper out, no matter what the conditions are, people who lost their homes, who didn't know what had become of their families and who kept on working.

    A litterateur is not a confectioner, not a dealer in cosmetics, not an entertainer.... He is just like an ordinary reporter. What would you say if a newspaper reporter, because of his fastidiousness or from a wish to give pleasure to his readers, were to describe only honest mayors, high-minded ladies, and virtuous railroad contractors.


    In a telephone interview, Mr. Woodward said he had apologized to Mr. Downie for not disclosing his own part in such a long-running story long ago and said he had kept a deliberately low profile to protect his sources. The terms of engagement change when a reporter and reporters are being subpoenaed, agreeing to testify, being forced to testify, being jailed, ... That's the new element in this. And what it did, it caused me to become even more secretive about sources, and to protect them. I couldn't do my job if I couldn't protect them. And to really make sure that I don't become part of this process, but not to be less aggressive in reporting the news.

    Some journalists may be silenced through intimidation, others may be bought into compliance, but the end result remains the same because democracy cannot properly function without media which is genuinely free of governmental interference and control.

    Ideally, early in the planning stages, before reporters and photographers are assigned to a story, we like to be involved at that point, to make sure the content gathering keeps our needs in mind. If we don't find out about it until the night before, we're often not able to produce an interactive graphic.



    Don't commit to being a columnist unless you're willing to do it right. Report your behind off, so you have something original and useful to say. Say it in a way that will interest someone other than you, your family and your sources.


    I mean, is it journalism Is it just opinion Are we putting facts out there Are we trying to uncover stories And so, the issue comes up, what is the liability

    But Privacy Council CEO Larry Ponemon took a different tack in a conference call with reporters. I feel like the lone soldier attacking the hill, ... We don't see Passport as a large privacy issue here. Quite frankly, folks, Passport itself is not creating the kinds of privacy problems that are being advanced by EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) and others.

    What did this guy do wrong Was it having these views, or merely expressing them Expecting journalists not to develop opinions, strong opinions even, goes against human nature and the particular nature of journalists.


    One of the problems that we have as American journalists is that we bring the American cultural baggage with us and we plop it down and it follows us around and that's just a fact of life.


    Rove and his attorneys can parse the words all they want, but it is now clear that while Rove may not have given a reporter Plame's name, he clearly identified her by telling the reporter that Joseph Wilson's wife was a CIA agent.




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