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That first week, I also went to Washington.
by Daniel Okrent

That first week, I also went to Washington.
That was really tough.
I sympathize with those Washington figures who have
to face 40 Times Washington bureau reporters.
They ask hard questions and they're relentless.
And they were quite suspicious and quite dubious about me.
- Daniel Okrent

If there had been three public editors before me,
the body might have absorbed it a little bit better.
- Daniel Okrent

I'm saying that the WMD reporting was not consciously evil.
It was bad journalism, even very bad journalism.
- Daniel Okrent

I believe the Times is a great newspaper,
but a profoundly fallible one.
- Daniel Okrent

 

Is the New York Times a Liberal Newspaper? Of course it is.
- Daniel Okrent

If you really hate George Bush, you don't want to read
about his hobbies or that he's nice to his friends
or that he's good company at dinner.
- Daniel Okrent

But I think it's undeniable that the Times is a liberal paper.
- Daniel Okrent

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It's a very complicated issue about when is a fact
not a fact in the context of opinions.
- Daniel Okrent

I think Tierney is also more libertarian than he is
conservative in the conventional sense.
- Daniel Okrent

I think it's one of the Times' problems that they haven't
made it clear to readers what various formats mean.
- Daniel Okrent

I was probably being a little cocky,
which I do when I feel that I don't know what I'm talking about.
- Daniel Okrent

Right, but there's expertise and then there's inside information.
And I think we have to make a distinction.
- Daniel Okrent

I'm afraid we'll see reporters stop chasing quotes
around the same time dogs stop chasing cars.
- Daniel Okrent

I know there are reporters who ridicule pundits.
- Daniel Okrent

Now I worry.
If people ended up liking me, did I do the job wrong?
So I decided they didn't end up liking me -
they ended up being able to deal with me.
- Daniel Okrent

The Times' new credibility committee report that was
issued on Monday very specifically said they will be
putting in a policy that reporters must get permission
from their department heads to appear on television,
which I think is a really good thing.
- Daniel Okrent

That the Op-Ed page is very important in readers' and
the nation's perception of the Times,
the perception of its editorial positions,
and of its implicit editorial positions as expressed
by the publisher's choice of people who are given the
freedom to write opinion columns.
- Daniel Okrent

Gail didn't want me commenting on the opinion pages.
I was hired by the news department and,
despite the rabid assertions of the Times' enemies and detractors,
the two really have nothing to do with each other.
- Daniel Okrent

I think on civilian casualties they could do more.
It's actually something I've discussed with the editors involved.
They're aware of it, and I'm hopeful that there will
be more reporting on that.
- Daniel Okrent

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not say, "It is morning,"
and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.
See it for the first time
as a newborn child that has no name.
- Rabindranath Tagore

No greater thing is created suddenly,
any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.
If you tell me that you desire a fig,
I answer you that there must be time.
Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
- Epictetus

The first quality that is needed is audacity.
- Winston Churchill


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