Tomorrow, Sept. 11, is NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS DAY, which celebrates a truism that isn’t necessarily true….but, if we apply it to covering this Presidential campaign season in America, no news would be good news every day until election day: No more being subjected to The Donald’s incessant Barnum-esque babblings, or to Hillary trying to overcome being Hillary. No more spin from their political shills on cable TV. No more polls. No more any of it. Let’s just vote and get it over with. I’m ready. I’ve been ready.
Now that that’s settled, I am going to start the celebration a day early by not mentioning either candidate for the remainder of this post. Furthermore, I’m not going to subject you to my babblings for the rest of this post; instead, while I’m off celebrating, I’ll let what others have said on the subject of news take it from here. Is that good news, or what?
But first, the news: The House of Commons was sealed off today [while in session] after police chased an escaped lunatic through the front door. A spokesman at Scotland Yard said it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. –Ronnie Barker
It’s not a 24 hour news cycle, it’s a 60 second news cycle now, it’s instantaneous. It has never been easier to get away with telling lies. It has never been easier to get away with the glib one-liner. –Malcolm Turnbull
We all want to get the news objectively, impartially, and from our own point of view. –Bill Vaughan
Public opinion is the God of democracy, and the journalist is his prophet. –Evan Esar
We are in the same tent as the clowns and the freaks — that’s show business. –Edward R. Murrow (broadcast journalist)
It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. –Jerry Seinfeld
The American news media has lowered the bar for all of humanity. British news media is definitely trying to stoop down to that level. Everyone is stooping to the lowest common denominator. –John Oliver
I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true. –Katherine Hepburn
Some people commit a crime for no other reason than to see their name in print. –Gustave Flaubert
Live long enough and nothing is news. ‘The News’ is ‘the new thing.’ That’s fine, until a hundred years go by and you realize there are no new things, only deep structures and cycles that repeat themselves through different period details. –Glen Duncan