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Quotes of the day: Bob Schieffer
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Published Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 7:02 PM EST
Feb 24 2015

Bob Lloyd Schieffer (b. February 25, 1937) is an American television journalist who has been with CBS News since 1969, serving 23 years as anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News from 1973 to 1996; chief Washington correspondent since 1982, and moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation since 1991. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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American politics used to be an amateur sport. But somewhere along the way, we handed over to professionals all the things people used to do for free.

At the White House, everybody works for the same person. They're all part of the same company. But on Capitol Hill, they're all independent contractors. They all work for themselves. That's a formula for getting news.

Every news organization, if it's aggressive and doing what it ought to be doing, is going to get caught with a bad story from time to time.

God knows everything, but I'm not quite that good. Every once in a while, something will slip by me.

I always thought writing was the foundation and the basis for journalism in the same way being able to draw is the foundation for art.

I don't know what temporarily means. Life is temporary.

I switched over to journalism. I didn't graduate with honors, but I did graduate on time and with some doing.

I think journalism is a great way to do public service, to have an impact on your community.

If I were smart, I could figure out curling. If I were even smarter, I could figure out why people would actually watch other people doing it.

Nowadays I'm not even sure if newspapers take into account whether a person is a good writer.

Once you realize there is life after mistakes, you gain a self- confidence that never goes away.

Wars are not fought on the training ground, nor can they be covered from the television studio.

We're far from perfect. It's a human enterprise.

You cannot be objective about human suffering and people dying. Any person who was not outraged by that, I'm not sure they have business being a reporter.

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(February 25 is also the birthday of Anthony Burgess and Abe Vigoda.)


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