Inspirational Quotes from Walter Cronkite

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

Walter Cronkite

Journalism is what we need to make democracy work.

Walter Cronkite

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.

Walter Cronkite

The democratic system is challenged by the failure in television because our evening news programmes have gone for an attempt to entertain as much as to inform in the desperate fight for ratings.

Walter Cronkite

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.

Walter Cronkite

A journalist covering politics, most of us are aware of the necessity to try to be sure we’re unbiased in our reporting. That’s one of the fundamentals of good journalism.

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History must share with reading, writing and arithmetic first rank as the most important subjects in the curriculum. Understanding the issues on which citizens of a republic are expected to vote is impossible without an understanding of the past.

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And that’s the way it is.

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

Walter Cronkite

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

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I have never voted a party line. I vote on the individual and the issues.

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

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Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened.

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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 can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.

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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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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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I learned early on that in the real world, the masks of tragedy and comedy adorn the proscenium of every life.

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On television, I tried to absolutely hew to the middle of the road and not show any prejudice or bias in any way.

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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 don’t think it’s in any way harmful, this marriage of media and politicians. I think it enhances the communications process considerably and makes it possible for the public to be far more aware, far more up-to-date on issues and the opposite sides of the issues.

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The perils of duck hunting are great – especially for the duck.

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I’m a liberal, but I’m not biased. Seriously.

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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.

Walter Cronkite

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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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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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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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.

Walter Cronkite

Maybe I’m just a slow learner or something, but I like to have things laid out as plainly and simply as possible.

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I worry that we’re not getting enough of the news that we need to make informed judgments as citizens.

Walter Cronkite

If, as they say, the threat of the hangman’s noose has a powerful way of focusing one’s attention, the same can be said of pregnancy.

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I am a news presenter, a news broadcaster, an anchorman, a managing editor – not a commentator or analyst.

Walter Cronkite

Under the Constitution, giving ‘aid and comfort’ to a wartime enemy can lead to a charge of treason.

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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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Grandfather was an old-fashioned pharmacist who never ceased venting his resentment at the growing number of retail items the drugstore had to carry, and he would go into periods of fearful rage when the subject of chain stores was raised.

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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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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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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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I take a certain pride in having maintained a reputation for fast copy throughout my newspaper career. Fast-breaking stories left my typewriter in a hurry. Not great literature, perhaps, but fast, and usually accurate.

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The civil rights fight was a very important fight.

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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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I’ve got a 12-year-old grandson who, when he was 3 years old, before he could say many other words, could name the different kinds of dinosaurs.

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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.

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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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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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We need not only an executive to make international law, but we need the military forces to enforce that law and the judicial system to bring the criminals to justice before they have the opportunity to build military forces that use these horrid weapons that rogue nations and movements can get hold of – germs and atomic weapons.

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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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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’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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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 did not believe that the public was sophisticated enough to understand that a newsman could wear several hats and that we had the ability to turn off – nearly, you can’t say perfectly, but nearly – all of our prejudices and biases.

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I had discovered journalism to be my life’s ambition.

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