Editorial: ‘A citizen’s obsession with conspiracy’

Published 8:31 am Monday, April 13, 2009

“By and large, the more famous you are, the less of a journalist you are.” — David Halberstam, author, journalist, 2005

“Our Constitution was not intended to be used by … any group to foist its personal religious beliefs on the rest of us.” — Katherine Hepburn, actress, c. 1940

“The government’s obsession with secrecy creates a citizen’s obsession with conspiracy.” — Paul K. McMasters, former ombudsman, First Amendment Center, 1997

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“Americans are free to say what they think, feel and believe — be they an artist, a fan, a critic, the parent to whom we have made a commitment, or a policymaker who wants us to think carefully about the work that we do and our impact on society.” — Doug Morris, chairman, CEO, Universal Music Group, 2007

“Lately, when I tell people I work for a newspaper, I’ve detected subtle signs of disapproval: the dirty looks, the snide remarks, the severed animal heads in my bed.” — Dave Barry, humorist, 2003

“I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.” — Harry S. Truman, 33rd U.S. president, 1956

“A democracy is not a democracy without an informed electorate.” — Walter Cronkite, former anchor, CBS News, 2001

“You enforce laws by arresting the lawbreakers, not by inventing silly new ordinances that have no bearing on the real issue. Actually, we suspect the automobile is more directly linked to prostitution than lap-dancing is. So maybe we should ban driving.” — Michael Gartner, owner, Iowa Cubs and former news executive, 1997

— Quotes from First Amendment Calendar, produced by the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, 2009