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A news organization has a much different responsibility.
by Aaron Sorkin

A news organization has a much different responsibility.
I might not be telling you the whole story.
I might not be telling you a story in a manner that
is properly sophisticated.
- Aaron Sorkin

Good writers borrow from other writers.
Great writers steal from them outright.
- Aaron Sorkin

It's populated by people who, by and large,
have terrific communication skills.
Every day is an extraordinary day.
For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
- Aaron Sorkin

Certainly, last year we did an episode about the census
and sampling versus a direct statistic.
You just said the word "census," and people fall asleep.
- Aaron Sorkin

 

Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything,
the time of day, there is a scene to be written.
That's what I look for.
- Aaron Sorkin

There really isn't a story that you can't tell inside of it.
It's very much a clearinghouse for anything that goes on in the world.
So you're not at all limited.
- Aaron Sorkin

There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old,
telling stories about kings and their palaces,
and that's really what I wanted to do.
- Aaron Sorkin

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Well, I must tell you I write the scripts very close to the bone.
So I'm writing episode seven now and couldn't tell
you what happens in episode eight.
- Aaron Sorkin

I grew up in the theatre.
It's where I got my start.
Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue
about the theatre is beyond perfection.
- Aaron Sorkin

It's important to remember that, first and foremost,
if not only, this is entertainment.
"The West Wing" isn't meant to be good for you.
- Aaron Sorkin

Our responsibility is to captivate you for however
long we've asked for your attention.
That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great,
what you would say, heavy issues.
- Aaron Sorkin

You know, one of the things I like about this world,
or at least I like about the way we're presenting this world,
is these issues are terribly complicated -
not nearly as black and white as we're led to believe.
- Aaron Sorkin

We're about to shoot an episode on Air Force One,
for instance, and we're going to take liberties,
small liberties, with Air Force One,
as we take small liberties with our White House set.
- Aaron Sorkin

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

Love interrupts, if you like,
the consequences of your actions,
which in my case is very good news indeed,
because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.
- Bono

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The good news is that, according to the Obama administration,
the rich will pay for everything.
The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration,
you're rich.
- P. J. O'Rourke

If we were meant to be happy,
why did God create war, hunger, and the 11 o'clock news?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't think business news is just for old white men with money.
- Neil Cavuto

The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do.
The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.
- Ted Nelson

I think a lot of people in television news look at
the cable networks with great envy.
- Chris Wallace

When you're watching the news, how many days in a row
can you watch that and feel good about yourself and the world?
- Sandra Bernhard

Of, course it always cheers a news editor when a story
has what we describe as 'legs' therefore it,
erm, runs.
- Kamal Ahmed

If the news isn't there, don't create it.
If I look at local news, I don't know what's real.
- Willie Herenton

A newspaper consists of just the same number of words,
whether there be any news in it or not.
- Henry Fielding

The war effects me less than it ought.
I can do no service to anybody by agitating for news
or making dole over the slaughter.
- Wilfred Owen

News represents another form of advertising,
not liberal propaganda.
- Christopher Lasch

People magazine had been around for a short period of time,
but nobody had thought about putting entertainment
news on a nightly basis on television.
- Mary Hart

If the breaking news story had to do with hard news,
politics specifically, I had a lot to do with it.
If it had to do with music, Kurt Loder was more involved.
- Tabitha Soren

If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever.
Is that good news?
- W. Somerset Maugham

With the exception of the New York Times,
Fox news, and Lou Dobbs of CNN, and talk radio,
the rest of the mainstream media has basically been
silenced like a bunch of dumb monkeys.
- Curt Weldon

Once again I stopped listening to the news this week.
- Donella Meadows

To a journalist, good news is often not news at all.
- Phil Donahue

They called to tell me that I was going to be returning to RAW.
I left immediately to run home and tell Jackie.
She said, I have some news for you-I'm expecting.
- Charlie Haas

Men still control the news, both on and off camera.
- Jessica Savitch

I was one of the first generations to watch television.
TV exposes people to news, to information,
to knowledge, to entertainment.
How is it bad?
- Tom Clancy

Well, news is anything that's interesting,
that relates to what's happening in the world,
what's happening in areas of the culture that would
be of interest to your audience.
- Kurt Loder

Local television news, on both radio and television,
is so appalling.
Makes print journalism look like the greatest stuff ever written.
- Robert McChesney

I don't think you can compromise, news either has integrity or it doesn't.
It either is accurate, balanced and fair or it isn't.
- Richard Parsons

The reporting of news has to be understood as propaganda for commodities,
and events by images.
- Christopher Lasch

The paramedic called the press and sold me like a loaf of bread.
This was news, and he wanted to be the one to report it.
- Charlie Sheen

Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette
and crushing the butt in the ashtray.
- Milan Kundera

Television has created a nation of news junkies who
tune in every night to get their fix on the world.
- Robert MacNeil

False history gets made all day, any day,
the truth of the new is never on the news.
- Adrienne Rich

Republicans have to be relieved.
Given all the bad news this White House has faced,
at least the president's hemorrhaging has stopped.
- Stuart Rothenberg

There are two sayings that are familiar in every news room across the country:
1) sex sells;
2) if it bleeds it leads.
- Armstrong Williams

Surveys have shown going back as far as you and I can
remember that people have perceived a leftward tilt
in the basic coverage that they get on TV news.
- Brit Hume

Why something in the public interest such as television news can be fought over,
like a chain of hamburger stands, eludes me.
- Jimmy Breslin

The greatest felony in the news business today is to be behind,
or to miss a big story.
So speed and quantity substitute for thoroughness and quality,
for accuracy and context.
- Carl Bernstein

Ladies and gentlemen, I wish I had better news for
you but we are facing a storm that most of us have feared.
This is a threat that we've never faced before.
- Ray Nagin

People can say anything they want to.
If they don't want to get the news from me,
get it from somebody else.
It's not something I'm going to worry about,
I'm sorry.
- Jim Lehrer

There ain't any news in being good.
You might write the doings of all the convents of the
world on the back of a postage stamp,
and have room to spare.
- Finley Peter Dunne

Our enemy of international terrorism respects no laws of warfare or morality,
and its individual members take innocent lives,
just to create chaos for news cameras.
- Mark Kennedy

When good news about the market hits the front page of the New York Times,
sell.
- Bernard Baruch

One is that that's the way we started and we thought
there would be more value and less confusion if the
business model was just based on delivering news that's of value to Web sites.
- Jay Chiat

Ever since I've become chairman, there have been profiles of me in People,
George, The Washington Post, The Detroit News,
and all of them could have been written by the same person.
- Julian Bond

One little person, giving all of her time to peace,
makes news.
Many people, giving some of their time,
can make history.
- Peace Pilgrim

During the early months of the war in 1914 there was
a conflict of opinion between the War Office and the
Foreign Office regarding news from the Front.
- Philip Gibbs

I listen to XM radio because I can get so many overseas news stations.
- William Hurt

I thought about dying whenever I got bad news about other people.
- Jonah Lomu

Since I arrived at CNN, it has grown into one of the
largest and most trusted news organizations in the world.
- Jim Walton

News reports don't change the world.
Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

If you tailor your news viewing so that you only get one point of view,
well of course you're going to think somebody else
has got a different point of view,
and it may be wrong.
- Peter Jennings

Well, I think a lot of people only hear about the extreme,
fundamentalist kind of polygamists, because they're
always in the news being brought up on charges.
- Jeanne Tripplehorn

I had all of one nanosecond to savor the news before
we had to move on to other problems.
- Warren Christopher

One of the first rules of playing the power game is
that all bad news must be accepted calmly,
as if one already knew and didn't care.
- Michael Korda

The latest wrinkle is on wrinkles.
There is a widespread belief that women can't grow old in television news.
- Jessica Savitch

We print 37 million copies, and we found out about
the unfortunate news as we were putting the issue to bed.
- Olivia Newton-John


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