A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
I regard the fact that I don’t write for the newspapers as a source of happiness in my life. My purse suffers, but my conscience is glad about it.
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
John F Kennedy
News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress. All the rest is advertising.
Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
News travels fast in places where nothing much ever happens.
Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.
I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.
It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.
Enlightening editorial writers is even more difficult than educating educators.
If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.
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(This story appears in the 20 March, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)