- How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings.
: Isaiah ch. 52, v. 7
- 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.
The Image (1962) 1914–2004 American historian:
- 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)
Bookman February 1917; earlier sources do not attribute to a specific individual 1819–97 American newspaper editor: attributed, in
- News is something which somebody wants suppressed—all the rest is advertising.
The Body Politic (1969) 1863–1951 American newspaper publisher and tycoon: attributed; Ian Gilmour
- 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’
Daily Telegraph 10 October 2001 1963– British government adviser: in
- 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?
The Merchant of Venice (1596–8) act 1, sc. 3, l.  (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- 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
Walden (1854) ‘Economy’ 1817–62 American writer:
- 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.
Scoop (1938) bk. 1, ch. 5 1903–66 English novelist:
- A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.
The Facebook Effect (2010) 1984– American computer entrepreneur: justifying the Facebook News Feed; David Kirkpatrick