Cynical Quotations

Of what you see in books, believe 75%. Of newspapers, believe 25%. And of TV news, believe 10% – make that 5% if the anchorman wears a blazer.

— Unknown


People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.

— A. J. Liebling


Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.

— Ben Hecht


Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.

— Thomas Jefferson


Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's St. Matthew's Passion on a ukulele.

— Bagdikian's Observation


Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

— Gore Vidal