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  • He had the familiar defense of all those who wield great power in a popular medium: 'We only give the public what it wants — .' It is the most useful, and least valid, reason for having no convictions that I know of.

  • Our major sources of information more and more do not just present facts; they present ready-made conclusions and opinions for us to adopt in toto.

  • ... the heaviest restriction upon the freedom of public opinion is not the official censorship of the Press, but the unofficial censorship by a Press which exists not so much to express opinion as to manufacture it.

  • We are given in our newspapers and on TV and radio exactly what we, the public, insist on having, and this very frequently is mediocre information and mediocre entertainment.

  • [On the radio:] ... a discovery that makes it possible for a man to deliver a speech and not only bore those nearby, but others hundreds of miles away.

  • Our media, which is like a planetary nervous system, are far more sensitive to breakdowns than to breakthroughs. They filter out our creativity and successes, considering them less newsworthy than violence, war, and dissent. When we read newspapers and watch television news, we feel closer to a death in the social body than to an awakening.

  • About 97% of the media is created by men.

    • Jodi Evans,
    • in Daniel Barsamian, "Jodi Evans," The Progressive ()
  • The more we think we're not affected by media — stereotypes, advertising — the more potential those forms of media have.

  • Have you noticed that screens are taking over? ... It's as if people can't be comfortable for a minute without something flashing on a screen nearby.

  • ... the press is too often a distorting mirror, which deforms the people and events it represents, making them seem bigger or smaller than they really are.

  • ... the power of radio is not that it speaks to millions, but that it speaks intimately and privately to each one of those millions.

  • From talk radio to insult radio wasn't really that much of a leap ...

  • Among all the complaints you hear these days about the crimes of the media, it seems to me the critics miss the big one. It is that especially TV, but also we of the print press, tend to reduce mess and complexity and ambiguity to a simple story line that doesn't reflect reality so much as it distorts it. ... What bothers me about the journalistic tendency to reduce unmanageable reality to self-contained, movielike little dramas is not just that we falsify when we do this. It is also that we really miss the good story.

  • ... I wonder why it is that newspaper reporters always go into the details of a woman's dress, whether at a suffrage caucus or a prayer meeting? Just fancy the papers containing an account of a costume worn by the Hon. Grover Cleveland when he delivers an address on some auspicious occasion. Fancy having the mind distracted by the color of his necktie or the check of his trousers. And yet, let his wife show herself for a moment and her dress is pounced upon, every detail is seized and we are regaled the following day by a wonderful description of the — upon each occasion — handsomest and most tasteful costume she has yet worn.

  • ... the 'public' — a term often used in America to indicate the great metropolitan newspapers.

  • In a nation of people increasingly informed by talk show rant on the right and the left, facts are incinerated in a blaze of rumor and accusation. If the accumulated charges burn brightly enough, the resulting smoke obscures any real truths. Lost in the haze of left- and right-wing polemics is real journalism. As the line between reporting and opinion becomes blurred, so do the definitions that used to be the touchstones of my profession. ... And with the proliferation of so many broadcast channels and twenty-four-hour cable news, individual programs can differentiate themselves only by being edgier than the competition. The morphing of television interview programs into verbal food fights is now nearly universal. For an anxious nation in a post-9/11 world, the media have become an echo chamber, reinforcing our misconceptions and exaggerating our differences, real and imagined.

  • Every medium — oral, written, print, and now electronic — has its own associated thought patterns and mind sets.

    • Dale Spender,
    • in H. Jeanie Taylor, Cheris Kramarae, and Maureen Ebben, eds., Women, Information Technology, and Scholarship ()
  • The world comes second hand — fifth hand — to us and the illusion that it is fresh because it is shown as a picture of an actual place or is given as a 'true account' by some reporter who claims to have been 'there' divides man into incalculable parts without any true center.

  • Over the airways, in movies, experiences have come to be dogmatized to certain kinds of experience at the cost of all others.

  • There are no theological barriers to women rabbis — only political ones.

    • Lynn Gottlieb,
    • in Susan Weidman Schneider, Jewish and Female ()
  • The polemics of right-wing radio are putting nothing less than hate onto the airwaves, into the marketplace, electing it to office, teaching it in schools, and exalting it as freedom.

  • Radio and television ... have succeeded in lifting the manufacture of banality out of the sphere of handicraft and placed it in that of a major industry.