Quality Quotes #3

“Nine-tenths of the news, as printed in the papers, is pseudo-news, manufactured events.  Some days ten-tenths.”
Thomas Merton

While responding to my friend Martha‘s comment on my Quality Quotes #1 post the other day, I remembered this marvelous quote from Thomas Merton and knew it had to be my next offering.  Although I took it from an excerpted anecdote in The Pocket Thomas Merton (News Seeds, Boston & London, 2005), it first appeared, in 1968, in Faith and Violence (Notre Dame, UNDP).  51 years later, it’s truer than ever.

Be discriminate in your media consumption and discerning in your judgment, y’all.  And for sanity’s sake, avoid Faux News!

What do y’all think?

–Via Word of the Day Challenge for 4/26/19

Take care, be well, and happy blogging!


4 thoughts on “Quality Quotes #3

  1. Yep.

    “And I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper. If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or one mad dog killed, or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter, – we need never read of another. One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad instances and applications?” Thoreau, Walden

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  2. Faux News or Fox News? 😉 Biased reporting in the news industry will be difficult to dismantle as much of our lives, even professionally, is tied to our political identities. I do like Reuter’s who seem to take a somewhat impartial stance, though I do, quite honestly, tend to seek out news from newspapers that align with my political beliefs. Though, in my own defence, as a Muslim, I somewhat have to because biased reporting from certain newspapers are often seeking to discredit Muslims. But that’s my two cents.

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      1. Haha, I love how the U.K. (daily mail) and US have their very own respective news channels dedicated to biased reporting. I guess a lot of countries have this too where politics is mixed in.


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