If that is what makes us liberals, so be it, just as long as in reporting the news we adhere to the first ideals of good journalism - that news reports must be fair, accurate and unbiased.— Walter Cronkite
The most practical Walter Cronkite quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.
America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.
As anchorman of the CBS Evening News, I signed off my nightly broadcasts for nearly two decades with a simple statement: "And that's the way it is." To me, that encapsulates the newsman's highest ideal: to report the facts as he sees them, without regard for the consequences or controversy that may ensue.
In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.
We are on the precipice of being so ignorant that our democracy is threatened.
I am dumbfounded that there hasn't been a crackdown with the libel and slander laws on some of these would-be writers and reporters on the Internet.
We've got a great percentage of our population that, to our great shame, either cannot or, equally unfortunate, will not read. And that portion of our public is growing. Those people are suckers for the demagogue.
The debates are part of the unconscionable fraud that our political campaigns have become a format that defies meaningful discourse. They should be charged with sabotaging the electoral process.
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
It is not the reporter's job to be a patriot or to presume to determine where patriotism lies. His job is to relate the facts.
And that's the way it is.
It seems to me that instead of cutting taxes, we ought to be increasing the taxes to pay off the deficit, rather than let that thing build up to the point where our grandchildren's grandchildren are going to be paying for our period of time and our years at the helm.
For many years, I did my best to report on the issues of the day in as objective a manner as possible. When I had my own strong opinions, as I often did, I tried not to communicate them to my audience.
Those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war.
Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart.
You want to linger as long as possible.
Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.
I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that.
It seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.
I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.
Our task is not to tell the truth; we are opinion molders.
To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe, in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past.
I am a news presenter, a news broadcaster, an anchorman, a managing editor - not a commentator or analyst. I feel no compulsion to be a pundit.
The ruling class is the rich. . . . And those people are so able to manipulate our democracy that they really control the democracy.
When Moses was alive, these pyramids were a thousand years old.
Here began the history of architecture. Here people learned to measure time by a calendar, to plot the stars by astronomy and chart the earth by geometry. And here they developed that most awesome of all ideas - the idea of eternity.
When you're bringing in a fairly unknown candidate challenging a sitting president, the population needs a lot more information than reduced coverage provides.
A handful of us determine what will be on the evening news broadcasts, or, for that matter, in the New York Times or Washington Post or Wall Street Journal. Indeed it is a handful of us with this awesome power.And those [news stories] available to us already have been culled and re-culled by persons far outside our control.
Pat Robertson has written in a book a few years ago that we should have a world government, but only when the Messiah arrives. He wrote, literally, any attempt to achieve world order before that time must be the work of the Devil. Well join me - I’m glad to sit here at the right hand of Satan.
We know that no one should tell a woman she has to bear an unwanted child.
We know that religious beliefs cannot define patriotism.
I grew my mustache when I was nineteen in order to look older.
I never shaved it off even though it overran its usefulness many, many years ago. Once you get started in television, people associate you with your physical appearance - and that includes the mustache. So I can't shave it off now. If I did, I'd have to answer too much mail.
Our country today is at a stage in our foreign policy similar to that crucial point in our nation's early history when our Constitution was produced in Philadelphia.
The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it.
Justice was born outside the home and a long way from it; and it has never been adopted there
So now the question is, basically, right now, how will the Osama Bin Laden tape affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, that he probably set up bin Laden to this thing.
We must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a World Government, patterned after our Own Government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace.
The daily coverage of the Vietnamese battlefield helped convince the American public that the carnage was not worth the candle.
Reagan was an exceedingly likeable guy, just a heck of a nice fellow, despite his politics. He was funny and loved a good joke, the dirtier, I'm afraid the more ethnic, the better. I don't think he brought very much to the presidency, except charisma and success.
This opens the door on another chapter of history.
A system of world order-preferably a system of world government -is mandatory.
.. The proud nations someday will see the light and, for the common good and their own survival, yield up their precious sovereignty.
I guess I showed certain signs of being a workaholic in early years;
I had a magazine route very early on - I must have been about seven or eight years old or something like that - when I was carrying Liberty magazine, trying to win green and brown coupons; I eventually [won] a pony.
We are the lucky generation. We first broke our earthly bonds and ventured into space. From our descendants- perches on other planets or distant space cities, they will look back at our achievement with wonder at our courage and audacity and with appreciation at our accomplishments, which assured the future in which they live.
I'd like to be a song and dance man.
I'm a romanticist in many ways. I never get behind the wheel of my boat and dropping the anchor without saying to myself, secretly giving my orders to the crew "All right, lift the anchor, we're on our way to South Hampton. We're gonna beat them there with this load of tea!"
The great sadness of my life is that I never achieved the hour newscast, which would not have been twice as good as the half-hour newscast, but many times as good.
Old anchormen, you see, don't fade away.
They just keep coming back for more. And that's the way it is, Friday, March 6, 1981.
There's a little more ego involved in these jobs than people might realize.
Everybody knows that there's a liberal, that there's a heavy liberal persuasion among correspondents.
Our job is only to hold up the mirror -- to tell and show the public what has happened.
I think somebody ought to do a survey as to how many great, important men have quit to spend time with their families who spent any more time with their family.
People who understand music hear sounds that no one else makes when Frank Sinatra sings.