Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

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

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

“This opens the door on another chapter of history.”

“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.”

“The perils of duck hunting are great – especially for the duck”

“And that’s the way it is.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Television [is] a high-impact medium. It does some things no other force can do-transmitting electronic pictures through the air. Still, as an explored, comprehensive medium, it is not a substitute for print.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“When you’re bringing in a fairly unknown candidate challenging a sitting president, the population needs a lot more information than reduced coverage provides.”

“I’ve gone from the most trusted man in America to one of the most debated.”

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

“An incredible reporter and a great writer, but he had a terrible stutter, a terrible stutter.”

“I don’t think those things live forever with the public. They’re more likely to live with us journalists than the public itself.”

“I want to say that probably 24 hours after I told CBS that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday, I was already regretting it. And I regretted it every day since.”

“Be kind to an old man.”

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