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The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal.
by Al Franken

The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal.
They're about getting ratings, about making money,
about doing stories that are easy to cover.
- Al Franken

It is easier to put on slippers
than to carpet the entire world
- Al Franken

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

We need to be pro-science; we have to go back to science.
- Al Franken

 

Well, I think that there's a value to comedy in and of itself.
- Al Franken

When the president during the campaign said he was against nation building,
I didn't realize he meant our nation.
- Al Franken

The thing that interests me least about the radio business is the radio business.
But I've had to learn a little bit about it.
It's not rocket science: You get ratings,
that's good.
- Al Franken

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I do personal attacks only on people who specialize in personal attacks.
- Al Franken

It's the Power of the Almighty, the Splendor of Nature,
and then you.
- Al Franken

When you encounter seemingly good advice that contradicts
other seemingly good advice,
ignore them both.
- Al Franken

I once asked the most fabulous couple I know,
Madonna and Guy Ritchie, how they kept things fresh
despite having been married for almost seven months.
'It's a job, Al,' Guy told me.
'We work at it every day.'
- Al Franken

If you hear, day after day, liberals are rooting against armed forces,
that is eventually going to have an effect on soldiers
and troops who are actually going to believe that and it's wrong.
It's just wrong.
- Al Franken

Yeah, but you need an experienced radio veteran who is a liberal advocate.
And there just hadn't been any radio that did that.
And so they weren't trained - they had developed all
these bad habits of being objective and balanced and stuff like that.
- Al Franken

The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right.
And I think that Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious
issue that speaks to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

Mistakes are a part of being human.
Appreciate your mistakes for what they are:
precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.
Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least,
others can learn from.
- Al Franken

The right wing has had a radio apparatus for years and years,
so they've had minor leagues - they've had local rightwing
guys who've become national rightwing guys,
and who build slowly, and that's how it goes.
We haven't had that.
It isn't like we have a farm team.
- Al Franken

I also focus on Bush and his administration -
who do a lot of lying -
and how a right-wing media has allowed them to get
away with a lot of stuff that,
in a different media environment, they probably wouldn't
be able to get away with.
- Al Franken

To make the argument that the media has a left-
or right-wing,
or a liberal or a conservative bias,
is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they
use too much oil in their hummus.
- Al Franken

Well, a lot of politics is communicating with people,
and obviously comedy has something to do with that.
I've been a producer and led people.
Also, being a comedian, you're under pressure.
- Al Franken

The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota
and getting involved in politics.
I'm looking at a run for Senate in 2008,
but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together
the progressive network in the upper Midwest.
- Al Franken

Yeah, we shot ourselves in the foot right out of the gate.
The guy who ran it at first misled pretty much everybody
about how much capital we had.
He said we had enough to go three years without making money,
and we had enough to go three weeks.
- Al Franken

But in the right-wing media, they do have a right-wing bias.
And they also have an agenda.
So their agenda is: we're an adjunct of the Republican Party,
and we're going push that agenda every day,
and, as you say, brand these stories that help further the right-wing cause.
- Al Franken

And I think that being able to make people laugh and
write a book that's funny makes the information go
down a lot easier and it makes it a lot more fun to read,
easier to understand, and often stronger.
So there's all kinds of advantages to it.
- Al Franken

I'm not staid and unbiased here.
I have certain biases I want to convey,
and if you disagree, that's fine.
- Neil Cavuto

The problem with not having a camera is that one must
trust the analysis of a reporter who's telling you
what occurred in the courtroom.
You have to take into consideration the filtering effect
of that person's own biases.
- Lance Ito

With my academic achievement in high school I was accepted
rather readily at Princeton and equally as fast at Yale,
but my test scores were not comparable to that of my classmates.
And that's been shown by statistics,
there are reasons for that -
there are cultural biases built into testing,
and that was one of the motivations for the concept
of affirmative action to try to balance out those effects.
- Sonia Sotomayor

Collectively, we are in thrall to media -
because they deliver to us many of the psychic goods we crave,
and we know no other way to live.
- Todd Gitlin

Looking at yourself through the media is like looking
at one of those rippled mirrors in an amusement park.
- Edmund S. Muskie

The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief
but to maintain the apparatus of addiction.
- Christopher Lasch

I accepted the interviews and encounters that had to be held with the media,
but I would have preferred to work in peace.
- Naguib Mahfouz

These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up.
Television became the new religion a long time back
and the media has taken over.
- Van Morrison

Language makes infinite use of finite media.
- Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

There is no method by which an average citizen can
effectively fight the White House in the media.
- Linda Tripp

The media only wants to get the view of the flaming
radicals because they make better copy than those of
us who are more sensible.
I'm a feminist and I think I've done a lot of good.
- Betty Dodson

But today we become aware of other readings of the
human experience very quickly because of the media
and the speed with which people travel the planet.
- Chaim Potok

We have had government funding for new media since the early '80s.
- Francesca da Rimini

Media corporations have a civic responsibility not
only to prevent fraud and financial abuse,
but also to not corrupt or degrade our culture.
- Charles W. Pickering

The news media are, for the most part,
the bringers of bad news...
and it's not entirely the media's fault,
bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news.
- Peter McWilliams

We need a free media, not just freedom of speech.
- Tom Scholz

Often, what you see in the media is driven by economic forces.
- Iris Chang

Basically I am just another actor who loves his work
and this thing about age only exists in the media.
- Amitabh Bachchan

The dream factory of that time was much simpler.
As media outlets grew, everything became so complicated.
- Janet Leigh

The mainstream media doesn't want to get into this
because they don't want to know where this one goes.
- Curt Weldon

The mobile market is exploding and it makes perfect
sense for a media company like ours to create a real
content destination for the billions of cell-phone users around the world.
- Peter Chernin

I don't know how you can do it, if you don't recognition
the media as a power center in America.
- Sydney Schanberg

When Communist U.S.S.R.
was a superpower, the world was better off.
The right-wing media is trying to marginalize the peace movement.
- Janeane Garofalo

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S.
media.
- Noam Chomsky

The danger in media concentration comes not from the concentration,
but instead from the feudalism that this concentration,
tied to the change in copyright, produces.
- Lawrence Lessig

We've never been a religious band, but the media wants us to be.
- Amy Lee

So ultimately, it's idealistic to think that artists
are able to step away from the power of the media and
the way it controls things,
and go on doing their own things.
- Thom Yorke

When it comes to helping out, I don't believe in doing
it for the media attention.
My goal is to support the organizations that need help.
- Paul Allen

The message of the movie is to accept who you are and
not to succumb to the pressure of what the media tells
you is beautiful and what you should be looking like.
- Mike Myers

So, thanks God, our films, our first films were suddenly
being appreciated by the Western media;
especially France was very good,
and Switzerland was very good.
- Milos Forman

I wish the Libertarian Party would get more play in
the media but they don't.
- Glenn Danzig

The creation continues incessantly through the media of man.
- Antonio Gaudi

From the subtle to the extreme, our culture and our
values are under unrelenting attack from the media.
- Tammy Bruce

The kind of corruption the media talk about,
the kind the Supreme Court was concerned about,
involves the putative sale of votes in exchange for campaign contributions.
- James L. Buckley

There is one other business where the customer is always
wrong and that's the media.
- Rush Limbaugh

The real problem that I think those of us who are evangelicals
and Democrats have to face up to is that the political
right controls the religious media.
- Tony Campolo

Safety on our highways has improved significantly,
with the help of the Legislature and the media.
- Jane D. Hull

When the media ask George W. Bush a question, he answers, 'Can I use a lifeline?'
- Robin Williams

If Jesus were here today, he wouldn't be riding around on a donkey.
He'd be taking a plane, he'd be using the media.
- Joel Osteen

I think the best thing in cases of censorship or things
like this is to get as much media as possible.
- Kathy Acker

Christina Aguilera and I are friends no matter what the media makes up.
- Britney Spears

I think the media is a real demon.
- George Michael

People shouldn't expect the mass media to do investigative stories.
That job belongs to the 'fringe' media.
- Ted Koppel

The mainstream media showed, for example,
no blood and guts resulting from the 9/11 attacks.
- Bruce Jackson

So this is all part of a free society.
People are entitled to hold whatever view they want,
and the media can report things how they wish.
- Alexander Downer

The media in America has become so cowed and compromised.
- John Sayles

We need to police ourselves in the media.
- Bob Woodward

A flourishing, morally credible media is a vital component
in the maintenance of genuinely public talk,
argument about common good.
- Rowan D. Williams


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