Today’s journalism is obsessed with the kinds of things that tend to preoccupy thirteen-year-old boys: sports, sex, crime, and narcissism.
We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective.
Journalism is merely history’s first draft.
The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. [For] to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves-and the better the teacher, the better the student body.
Journalism is the only thinkable alternative to working.
Journalism is organized gossip.
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.
If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.
Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.
Better a good journalist than a poor assassin.