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Quotes of the day: Walter Cronkite

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 8:52 PM EDT
Jul 16 2014

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchor of the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). He was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including World War II; the Nuremberg trials; the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran hostage crisis; and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lack of good news? What do they want us to do? Cover all the cats that didn't get stuck in trees today?

America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.

And that's the way it is.

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.

Freedom is a package deal- with it comes responsibilities and consequences

I regret that, in our attempt to establish some standards, we didn't make them stick. We couldn't find a way to pass them on to another generation, really.

I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed 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. If they're preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can't be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.

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.

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.

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.

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.

Justice was born outside the home and a long way from it; and it has never been adopted there.

Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine

Television... is not a substitute for print.

The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it.

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.

There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.

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.

We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure in preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace.

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