The SVALBARD REPUBLIC
UNSCHOOL of OBJECTIVE JOURNALISM
"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put in that polluted vehicle."
Thomas Jefferson 1807
"It is extraordinary to what a pitch I long for the news of the day, knowing as I do the lies and the folly and the humbug of the daily surmises of the editors..."
"I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust. "
"Believe nothing that you see in the newspapers -- they have done more to create dissatisfaction than all other agencies. If you see anything in them that you know is true, begin to doubt it at once."
"[A journalist is] a cheerful, affable young man who is disabled for ordinary business pursuits by a congenital erroneousness which renders him incapable of describing accurately anything he sees, or understanding or reporting accurately anything he hears. As the only employment in which these defects do not matter is journalism (for a newspaper, not having to act on its descriptions and reports, but only to sell them to idly curious people, has nothing but honor to lose by inaccuracy and unveracity), he has perforce become a journalist, and has to keep up an air of high spirits through a daily struggle with his own illiteracy and the precariousness of his employment."
George Bernard Shaw
"For those who govern, the first thing required is indifference to newspapers."
Louis Adolphe Thiers
"People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news"
A. J. Liebling