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
"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
"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
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.