Edgar Watson Howe Quote

“The liberty of the press is most generally approved when it takes liberties with the other fellow, and leaves us alone.”

~ Edgar Watson Howe

Country Town Sayings, 1911

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

That is absolutely accurate when considering at present that the press is acting as the forth branch of the government under the direction of the communist elements in the Democratic Party. I would rather the press print that which is accurate; for or against - what ever is factual without bias and society pertinent.

Ronw13, Oregon

Well said Mike, Norwalk.

E Archer, NYC

Trump-bashing is entertainment, and war makes headlines, not the lack thereof. My mother used to work in TV/radio news. The worst days were when there was no bad news -- you had to find something to draw an audience, anything. And if you are a shock jock, the longer you go at it, the more bizarre the stories have to be. I stay wary of any broadcasts that aim to trigger my 'blood lust' -- it's just too easy to manipulate people's fears and then aim the rage at a political target.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

Objectively, the calling of anyone who is even remotely well qualified to bear the designation journalist is the dispassionate discovery and description of the details of any event or matter.

In this day, in this country, more than lamentably, in the absence of the illumining and tempering influence of Virtue, journalism is an art that is a virtually lost one.

Were it not for the nation's alternative, primarily electronic, latter day rendering of the Soviet Union's samizdat, its journalistic landscape would be an utter wasteland.

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

For humanity the press is approved when it reports the path to humanity. Not just the incident, but the causes and motivations of that incident. For instance, relevant today, a fellow goes in to a school and commits mass murder, should we not ask why and for what purpose?


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