Top 80 Walter Cronkite Quotes

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Watergate just happened to come along at the same time

Watergate just happened to come along at the same time as the demand for honesty in relations between the sexes, in advertising, in ecology, in almost everything. It just stumbled into that great big elephant trap that had already been built for it.
Walter Cronkite
I covered the Vietnam War. I remember the lies that were told, the lives that were lost – and the shock when, twenty years after the war ended, former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara admitted he knew it was a mistake all along.
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Sometimes a famous subject may even outlive his own obituary writer.
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I had as much time to prepare for that moon landing as NASA did, and I still was speechless when it happened. It just was so awe-inspiring to actually be able to see the thing through the television that was a miracle in itself.
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I wanted to have more time to play and reflect, but I find retirement more stressful than having a nice, steady job because I have to make decisions about where I want to be.
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Helping set the day’s agenda and deciding what we used and editing it, that was a journalistic high point. I liked reporting as well. Just doing the news – the live performance – wasn’t important. Working on the desk was.
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I’m so tired of stories starting, ‘Maud Jones was walking her dog down Broadway.’ You’ve got to go over to the back page somewhere to finally find out the damn dog was run over by a truck. Get the thing told, for heaven’s sake. Everybody doesn’t have to be an O. Henry.
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Dan Rather and I just aren’t especially chummy.
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We have overcome some terrible blows to our democracy, to the future of our democracy, to the future of our nation. We survived the Civil War and the strife that tore this nation apart.
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I can’t go into a mob scene and sense the mood and the attitude of the crowd. I can’t conduct man-on-the-street interviews or even get reactions that I can be sure are honest, because they know who I am.
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I haven’t quite got the hang of this retirement thing.
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You think you would react one way when a situation develops and, and when the sharp shells are flying, you don’t quite stand up like you think you might.
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Anchormen shouldn’t cry.
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I’m a liberal, but I’m not biased. Seriously.
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I think there are a lot of good pieces that can be covered in 20 minutes that don’t need an hour, but by the same token, there are things that need an hour or more.
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I miss particularly the managing editor role on the ‘Evening News.’
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It’s a little hard not to be an elitist when you’re making millions of dollars a year.
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We all have our likes and our dislikes. But… when we’re doing news – when we’re doing the front-page news, not the back page, not the op-ed pages, but when we’re doing the daily news, covering politics – it is our duty to be sure that we do not permit our prejudices to show. That is simply basic journalism.
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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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The whole period of the ’60s changed a lot of us; there was never a decade like that in American history… to have the decade capture one of the great accomplishments of this century: man landing on the moon.
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It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict, 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.
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I do think that the success, although still not complete… in the recognition of equal rights… to all Americans, regardless of color, creed and so forth, was also one of the best stories we’ve had to report.
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I think that the failure of newspaper competition in a community is a very serious handicap to the dissemination of the knowledge that the citizens need to participate in a democracy.
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Anybody who’s spent thirteen or fourteen years in print journalism has a lot of stories he thinks were inwardly satisfying as far as preparation, understanding, and diligence.
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In the early stages of our involvement in Vietnam, basically I felt that our course was right. My concern grew with the concern of the American people.
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Part of the new morality of the ’60s and ’70s is a new attitude toward homosexuality. The homosexual men and women have organized to fight for acceptance and respectability.
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I record it here today to establish my early predisposition to editorial work – to be both pontifical and wrong.
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The death of Churchill at 90 was one of those watershed moments in which the obituary rises to a special calling beyond the sharing of remembered times. It gave an older generation a rare opportunity to explain something of itself to its children.
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America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.
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I do not consider a liberal necessarily to be a leftist.
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I never took any elocution lessons, no diction lessons. I might have been a pretty decent broadcaster if I had, but what you see, I’m afraid, is what you get.
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With police wielding unprecedented powers to invade pri

With police wielding unprecedented powers to invade privacy, tap phones and conduct searches seemingly at random, our civil liberties are in a very precarious condition.
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I guess taking a stand is valid for a commentator. But that’s not what I am.
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In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.
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A liberal to me is one who – and it suits some of the dictionary definitions – is unbeholden to any specific belief or party or group or person, but makes up his or her mind on the basis of the facts and the presentation of those facts at the time. That defines what I am.
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I think we are realizing that we are going to have to have an international rule of law.
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I never ceased to be surprised when southern whites, at their homes or clubs, told racial jokes and spoke so derogatorily of blacks while longtime servants, for whom they quite clearly had some affection, were well within earshot.
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I think the whole policy of pre-emptive war is a serious, serious mistake.
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All through my life, I have never disguised my sentiments about politics in general.
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For heaven’s sakes, in the newspaper days, when we had competing newspapers, and the newsstands sale was as important as the circulation – as the agreed-upon circulation, whatever you call that – in those days, why, gosh, the sensationalism was tremendous.
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We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.
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I certainly think cameras ought to be in courtrooms.
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I suppose popularity is measured by ratings. If a broadcaster is known as the leader because of ratings, then that’s where people most want to be seen and heard, so there’s no question that there’s an advantage.
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I am joining the hundreds of thousands who shall be marching in the Virtual March on Washington to Stop Global Warming in order to demonstrate the concern that we all hold for the future of our planet and all the living things – flora, fauna, human and animal – that exist upon it.
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I think cameras ought to be everywhere the reporters are allowed to go. I think, furthermore, reporters and cameras ought to be everywhere that the Constitution says the public can go.
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I looked at the world with the humaneness, I think, which is one of the hallmarks of being liberal in my mind.
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I had discovered journalism to be my life’s ambition.
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Cable has come along; many all-news 24 hour cable outlets in the United States. They have cut deeply into the traditional networks’ viewing audience.
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I wouldn’t give up on the U.N. yet.
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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.
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There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
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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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When I stepped down from the evening news at the age of 65, in ’81, things were still going well. Immediately after that, the whole tenor of the CBS News Department changed.
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I think people make way too much of ratings.
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I am a news presenter, a news broadcaster, an anchorman, a managing editor – not a commentator or analyst.
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Perhaps if all the peoples of the world understand what war really means, we would eliminate it.
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We have more and more one-newspaper towns, and that troubles me.
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The perils of duck hunting are great – especially for the duck.
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There were a few youthful fishing trips, but I never enjoyed the experiences, partly because I didn’t like hurting the bait.
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There’s a little more ego involved in these jobs than people might realize.
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Give news a little more time, and don’t request that they also, in their news time, entertain. We’re not entertainers. We’re journalists. And we need more time to do our job well.
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Court proceedings, except for certain limited situations, are open to the public. This is for the protection of the accused, to be certain to ascertain that there is a fair trial.
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