― Mahatma GandhiReaders may wonder why this sudden affinity for derogatory quotations about journalists. Well, I must admit I was prompted into this mood after reading Karan Thapar’s column in the Hindustan Times sometime ago where he devoted the entire space to cynical quotes about politicians. As the piece was eminently readable,I was inspired to follow my fellow Cantabrian’s example and try and recall as many noteworthy quotations about journalists as the space would allow.
There was another trigger which left me feeling somewhat annoyed which I shall elaborate later.
But let us move on to notable thoughts from the noteworthy about journalists!
Karl Kraus the eminent Austrian author came up with a gem! –
How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print!
And how about this which I have used on multiple occasions:
“The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements.”
― Thomas Jefferson
Perhaps this insight coming from Graham Greene may help us revise our views:
A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
(I have used this elsewhere in a different column!)
In consonance with this is Aneuran Bevan’s very famous remark:
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
How can I ever forget the philosopher,economist and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s remark in the Senate-
If the newspapers of a country are filled with good news, the gaols of that country will be filled with good people.
I shall just make mention of the sobering thoughts coming from the very young Christiane Amanpour:
Here in the United States, our profession is much maligned, people simply don’t trust or like journalists anymore and that’s sad.
Unfortunately to a large extent that holds true for India as well!