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Quotes of the day: John Hockenberry

Published Wednesday, June 03, 2015 @ 9:25 AM EDT
Jun 03 2015

John Charles Hockenberry (b. June 4, 1956) is an American journalist and author. A four-time Emmy Award winner and three-time Peabody Award winner, Hockenberry has worked in media since 1980. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


An object imbued with intent- it has power, it's treasure, we're drawn to it. An object devoid of intent - it's random, it's imitative, it repels us. It's like a piece of junk mail to be thrown away.

Design is the courage and brilliance to cover an original and make it different.

I knew it was pretty much over for television news when I discovered in 2003 that the heads of NBC’s news division and entertainment division, the president of the network, and the chairman all owned TiVos, which enabled them to zap past the commercials that paid their salaries.

I think every journalist understands when they are the beneficiary of hot information that, yes, they have a scoop, but they're also being used. Part of your responsibility as a journalist is to tell the story of why that information is coming to you, consistent with the ground rules of your sourcing.

I think everybody in news understands that the audience that watches for more than an hour is not your target audience - because those people are on life support.

In America access is always about architecture and never about human beings.

In general, I think very few people have a sustained interest in news.

The idea that humiliation is some capital crime of the spirit is a fiction. The sentences we hand down for losing control and succumbing to physical limits in life are arbitrary acts of self-loathing. All human beings have bodies that define their existence and which can veto the best-laid plans of the mind and soul.

The media doesn't need a conscience; people need consciences.

The United States is arguably more isolated and less educated about the world than it was a half-century ago.

To me, the term 'shareholder value' sounded like Mao’s 'right path,' although this was not something I shared at the employee re- education meetings.

What is religious practice? Is intolerance or discrimination or shunning a modern sacrament or faith based practice in any religion?


(June 4 is also the birthday of Robert Fulghum and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.)

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