‘Quotation marks should not be used to dress up overstatement’

A few one-liners.

“Headlines should not mislead the reader about a story’s contents and quotation marks should not be used to dress up overstatement” — Science Media Centre NZ’s Best practice guidelines for reporting on science

“The death knell for any enterprise is to glorify the past no matter how good it was” — Jeff Bezos to Washington Post staff 

“A typical MetService forecast… will tell you about the ‘overnight low’. This is the lowest that the air temperature is expected to get….at about shoulder height.” — NZ Met Service Learning Centre/Frost

“In the early 19th century, naval officers made regular weather observations, but there was no standard scale and so they could be very subjective – one man’s ‘stiff breeze’ might be another’s ‘soft breeze’.” — Wikipedia on the Beaufort Scale

“Mr Packer is clearly eager to get quoted – let’s be eager too, to find someone else to quote” — AP News memo June 16 2003 about Greg Packer, “the most quoted guy in news” 

“Mr Fletcher called his invention JumpStation. He put together an index of pages which could then be searched by a web crawler, essentially an automated process that visits, and indexes, every link on every web page it comes across. The process continues until the crawler runs out of things to visit. Ten days later, on 21 December 1993, JumpStation ran out of things to visit. It had indexed 25,000 pages.” — BBC News on Jonathon Fletcher: forgotten father of the search engine