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America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.
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In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.
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There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
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Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.
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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.
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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.
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We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.
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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.
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I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.
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We're an ignorant nation right now. We're not really capable, I do not think, the majority of our people, of making the decisions that have to be made at election time and particularly in the selection of their legislatures and their Congress and the presidency, of course. I don't think we're bright enough to do the job that would preserve our democracy, our republic. I think we're in serious danger.
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The profession of journalism ought to be about telling people what they need to know - not what they want to know.
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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.
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The ethic of the journalist is to recognize one's prejudices, biases, and avoid getting them into print.
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Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.
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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.
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Our job is only to hold up the mirror - to tell and show the public what has happened. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
Our job is only to hold up the mirror - to tell and show the public what has happened.
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We are on the precipice of being so ignorant that our democracy is threatened. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
We are on the precipice of being so ignorant that our democracy is threatened.
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Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I am a registered independent because I find that I cast my votes not on the basis of party loyalty but on the issues of the moment and my assessment of the candidates.
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Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
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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.
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Ethics must be reintroduced to public service to restore people's faith in government. Without such faith, democracy cannot flourish. Your ambitious agenda is filling a desperate need.
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We've always known you can gain circulation or viewers by cheapening the product, and now you're finding the bad driving out the good.
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I never had the ambition to be something. I had the ambition to do something. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
I never had the ambition to be something. I had the ambition to do something.
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And that's the way it is. - Walter Cronkite Quotes
And that's the way it is.
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Not only do we have a right to know, we have a duty to know what our Government is doing in our name.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.
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It is a seldom proffered argument as to the advantages of a free press that it has a major function in keeping the government itself informed as to what the government is doing.
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Not only do we have a right to know, we have a duty to know what our Government is doing in our name. If there's a criticism to be made today, it's that the press isn't doing enough to put the pressure on the government to provide information.
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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. To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion. It is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.
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The fact that you are here tonight gathered together with us testifies to the fact you understand the need for this organization and the need for redoubling our efforts in this organization to try to assure that democracy as represented by the United States must depend upon a total freedom of religion, which is written into our Constitution, of course, and the mere suggestion that anyone could maintain that one's patriotism, one's devotion to one's country can be judged by one's religion is so vile, so vile that we have to take to the streets indeed and to put it aside.
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Would it be better to have a president who cries easily? Well, that depends on what he cried about. I would not like the thought of a president who could not cry. That would be worse than one who cried over the right things. Which, in this case, would be the things I would cry over.
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It seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.
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I asked [my doctors] if I'd be able to play singles tennis and they said I could. That made me very happy since I haven't played in five years.
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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.
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In all my years as a news commentator I was never once, able to tell the truth, about anything.
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For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling "civilized?" And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.
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Our task is not to tell the truth; we are opinion molders.
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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.
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The ruling class is the rich. . . . And those people are so able to manipulate our democracy that they really control the democracy.
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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.
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Interviewing friends is a tough one. Your duty to the interview must transcend your friendship. Occasionally you'll lose a friend.
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The invasion of Iraq was illegal from the start.
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When you're bringing in a fairly unknown candidate challenging a sitting president, the population needs a lot more information than reduced coverage provides.
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Never before probably has the need for interfaith commitment been nearly as great as it is at this very moment.
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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.
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We know that no one should tell a woman she has to bear an unwanted child. We know that religious beliefs cannot define patriotism.
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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.
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Terrible, it was terrible. Even today and it's been several months now you just bring it up and I tear up a little bit, terribly. You know when you're that close that long and got along as well as we did, we seldom had any serious arguments. We might have - might discuss which movie we wanted to see and what play we wanted to go to, where we ought to go for a vacation but that usually didn't last very long because we were much of the same mind all the time.
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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.
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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.
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I don't think people ought to believe only one news medium. They ought to read and they ought to go to opinion journals and all the rest of it. I think it's terribly important that this be taught in the public schools, because otherwise, we're gonna get to a situation because of economic pressures and other things where television's all you've got left. And that would be disastrous. We can't cover the news in a half-hour event evening. That's ridiculous.
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The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it.
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It seems to rise again when the crisis times come, and this is a time of most severe crisis, as we all know, not just for the history of the United States and the survival indeed of our democracy, but for the future peace of the world. And never before probably has the need for interfaith commitment been nearly as great as it is at this very moment.
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The perils of duck hunting are great- especially for the duck.
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The sweet smell of the South, of Camellias and Azaleas, clings to Beaufort's ancient and historic buildings.
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The first priority of humankind in this era is to establish an effective system of world law that will assure peace with justice among the peoples of the world.
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Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day-23 minutes-and that's supposed to be enough.
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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.
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People who understand music hear sounds that no one else makes when Frank Sinatra sings.
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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. Probably less.
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The daily coverage of the Vietnamese battlefield helped convince the American public that the carnage was not worth the candle.
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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.
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I think that being liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, noncomitted to a cause but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it's a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they're not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen.
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We cannot defer this responsibility to posterity. Time will not wait.
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This opens the door on another chapter of history.
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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.
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Dan Rather and I just aren't especially chummy.
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Justice was born outside the home and a long way from it; and it has never been adopted there
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If we are to avoid that catastrophe [a nuclear World War III], 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, just as America's thirteen colonies did two centuries ago. When we finally come to our senses and establish a world executive and parliament of nations, thanks to the Nuremburg precedent we will already have in place the fundamentals for the third branch of government, the judiciary.
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Be kind to an old man.
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It is clear that military force and our policy of preemption are alone insufficient to make us safe. But help is on the way. Legislation has been proposed to create a US Department of Peace. In the propsed Department of Peace it would organize our present system into one conscious effort to improve humanity in achieving peace, where true safety lies.
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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.
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I'd like to be a song and dance man.
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