Zitate von Russell Baker

40   0

Russell Baker

Geburtstag: 14. August 1925
Todesdatum: 21. Januar 2019
Andere Namen: Russell Wayne Baker

Russell Wayne Baker was an American journalist, narrator, writer of Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical commentary and self-critical prose, and author of Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography Growing Up . He was a columnist for The New York Times from 1962 to 1998, and hosted the PBS show Masterpiece Theatre from 1992 to 2004. The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 stated: "Baker, thanks to his singular gift of treating serious, even tragic events and trends with gentle humor, has become an American institution." Wikipedia

Zitate Russell Baker

Help us translate English quotes

Discover interesting quotes and translate them.

Start translating

„In televisionland we are all sophisticated enough now to realize that every statistic has an equal and opposite statistic somewhere in the universe. It is not a candidate's favorite statistic per se that engages us, but the assurance with which he can use it.
We are testing the candidates for self-confidence, for "Presidentiality" in statistical bombardment. It doesn't really matter if their statistics be homemade. What settles the business is the cool with which they are dropped.
And so, as the second half hour treads the decimaled path toward the third hour, we become aware of being locked in a tacit conspiracy with the candidates. We know their statistics go to nothing of importance, and they know we know, and we know they know we know.
There is total but unspoken agreement that the "debate," the arguments which are being mustered here, are of only the slightest importance.
As in some primitive ritual, we all agree — candidates and onlookers — to pretend we are involved in a debate, although the real exercise is a test of style and manners. Which of the competitors can better execute the intricate maneuvers prescribed by a largely irrelevant ritual?
This accounts for the curious lack of passion in both performers. Even when Ford accuses Carter of inconsistency, it is done in a flat, emotionless, game-playing style. The delivery has the tuneless ring of an old press release from the Republican National Committee. Just so, when Carter has an opportunity to set pulses pounding by denouncing the Nixon pardon, he dances delicately around the invitation like a maiden skirting a bog.
We judge that both men judge us to be drained of desire for passion in public life, to be looking for Presidents who are cool and noninflammable. They present themselves as passionless technocrats using an English singularly devoid of poetry, metaphor and even coherent forthright declaration.
Caught up in the conspiracy, we watch their coolness with fine technical understanding and, in the final half hour, begin asking each other for technical judgments. How well is Carter exploiting the event to improve our image of him? Is Ford's television manner sufficiently self-confident to make us sense him as "Presidential"?
It is quite extraordinary. Here we are, fully aware that we are being manipulated by image projectionists, yet happily asking ourselves how obligingly we are submitting to the manipulation. It is as though a rat running a maze were more interested in the psychologist's charts on his behavior than in getting the cheese at the goal line.“

—  Russell Baker

"And All of Us So Cool" (p.340)
There's a Country in My Cellar (1990)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

Ähnliche Autoren

Stephen R. Covey Foto
Stephen R. Covey9
US-amerikanischer Bestseller-Autor
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Foto
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien15
britischer Schriftsteller und Philologe, Autor von "Herr de…
Hazrat Inayat Khan Foto
Hazrat Inayat Khan2
sufischer Mystiker
Virginia Woolf Foto
Virginia Woolf41
britische Schriftstellerin
Francis Scott Fitzgerald Foto
Francis Scott Fitzgerald79
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Anaïs Nin Foto
Anaïs Nin105
US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin
David Foster Wallace Foto
David Foster Wallace9
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
Jiddu Krishnamurti Foto
Jiddu Krishnamurti78
spiritueller Lehrer indisch-brahmanischer Herkunft
Muhammad Ali Foto
Muhammad Ali51
ehemaliger US-amerikanischer Boxer
Freddie Mercury Foto
Freddie Mercury72
britischer Rocksänger
Heutige Jubiläen
Gustav Stresemann Foto
Gustav Stresemann14
Deutscher Reichskanzler 1878 - 1929
Hans Jonas Foto
Hans Jonas6
deutsch-amerikanischer Philosoph 1903 - 1993
Eric Berne Foto
Eric Berne2
kanadischer Arzt und Psychiater 1910 - 1970
Alfred Jodl Foto
Alfred Jodl1
deutscher Generaloberst und Berufsoffizier 1890 - 1946
Weitere 71 heutige Jubiläen
Ähnliche Autoren
Stephen R. Covey Foto
Stephen R. Covey9
US-amerikanischer Bestseller-Autor
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Foto
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien15
britischer Schriftsteller und Philologe, Autor von "Herr de…
Hazrat Inayat Khan Foto
Hazrat Inayat Khan2
sufischer Mystiker
Virginia Woolf Foto
Virginia Woolf41
britische Schriftstellerin
Francis Scott Fitzgerald Foto
Francis Scott Fitzgerald79
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller