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date: 29 November 2023


  1. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings.
    The Bible (Authorized Version, 1611): Isaiah ch. 52, v. 7
  2. A pseudo event…comes about because someone has planned, planted, or incited it. Typically, it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview.
    Daniel J. Boorstin 1914–2004 American historian: The Image (1962)
  3. If a dog bites a man it is not news, but if a man bites a dog it is.
    often attributed to the American journalist John B. Bogart (1848–1921)
    Charles A. Dana 1819–97 American newspaper editor: attributed, in Bookman February 1917; earlier sources do not attribute to a specific individual
  4. News is something which somebody wants suppressed—all the rest is advertising.
    William Randolph Hearst 1863–1951 American newspaper publisher and tycoon: attributed; Ian Gilmour The Body Politic (1969)
  5. It is now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury.
    email sent in the aftermath of the terrorist action in America, 11 September 2001; popularly quoted as ‘A good day to bury bad news’
    Jo Moore 1963–  British government adviser: in Daily Telegraph 10 October 2001
  6. I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on the Rialto?
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: The Merchant of Venice (1596–8) act 1, sc. 3, l. [36] (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)
  7. We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the old world some weeks nearer to the new; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.
    on the value of the imminent transatlantic telegraph cable
    Henry David Thoreau 1817–62 American writer: Walden (1854) ‘Economy’
  8. News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.
    Evelyn Waugh 1903–66 English novelist: Scoop (1938) bk. 1, ch. 5
  9. A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.
    Mark Zuckerberg 1984–  American computer entrepreneur: justifying the Facebook News Feed; David Kirkpatrick The Facebook Effect (2010)