Quotes on media-related horseshit


We're in the process of collecting together numerous interesting quotes relating to issues covered by Media Hell. Below are just a few, arbitrarily selected, to start this page off. We hope to add many more soon...

• "We strive for perfection but when you're typing that fast, there are occasional mistakes. We regret the error" – said ABC news, after a closed caption for a broadcast said Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was hospitalized for "an enlarged prostitute" instead of an enlarged prostate. (Reuters, 26 April 2003)

• A.L.(Alison) Kennedy, who sat on the 1996 Booker Prize panel, had this to say about the prestigious literary award: "a pile of crooked nonsense... I mistakenly thought it was not as deeply corrupt as it is... [It's all about] who knows who, who's sleeping with who, who's selling drugs to who, who's married to who, whose turn it is. I read the 300 novels and no other bastard did."

• "I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy. But that could change". (Dan Quayle)

• "Aristotle states plainly that in the first nations the rich swore themselves to eternal hatred of the common people. This self-evident truth explains the pride, avarice and cruelty of the rich... They compelled the poor to serve them in war... drowned them in an ocean of usury... and beat them with rods if they could not pay their debts." (Giambattista Vico, 1744)

• "The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor" (attributed to PNAC, Project For a New American Century)

Lesley Stahl: "We have heard that half a million children have died [in Iraq]. That's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?
Madeline Albright: "The price – we think the price is worth it."
(Source: 60 Minutes, 12/5/96)

Quote from Sir Clive Thompson (former Rentokil Chairman) when speaking to the Financial Times: "The most difficult people to motivate are well-adjusted people. Someone who is happy is extremely difficult to motivate." The quote itself, of course, isn't horseshit. But the failure of the media to draw conclusions from it (and from similar quotes from "captains of industry") is.