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Walter Cronkite Quote: “Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.”

Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.

— Walter Cronkite



Walter Cronkite Quote: “The ethic of the journalist is to recognize one’s prejudices, biases, and avoid getting them into print.”

The ethic of the journalist is to recognize one’s prejudices, biases, and avoid getting them into print.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles.”

Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.”

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

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “The profession of journalism ought to be about telling people what they need to know – not what they want to know.”

The profession of journalism ought to be about telling people what they need to know – not what they want to know.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “If that is what makes us liberals, so be it, just as long as in reporting the news we adhere to the first ideals of good journalism – that news reports must be fair, accurate and unbiased.”

If that is what makes us liberals, so be it, just as long as in reporting the news we adhere to the first ideals of good journalism – that news reports must be fair, accurate and unbiased.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

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

— Walter Cronkite


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

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

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Ethics must be reintroduced to public service to restore people’s faith in government. Without such faith, democracy cannot flourish. Your ambitious agenda is filling a desperate need.”

Ethics must be reintroduced to public service to restore people’s faith in government. Without such faith, democracy cannot flourish. Your ambitious agenda is filling a desperate need.

— Walter Cronkite


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

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

— Walter Cronkite



Walter Cronkite Quote: “We’ve got a great percentage of our population that, to our great shame, either cannot or, equally unfortunate, will not read. And that portion of our public is growing. Those people are suckers for the demagogue.”

We’ve got a great percentage of our population that, to our great shame, either cannot or, equally unfortunate, will not read. And that portion of our public is growing. Those people are suckers for the demagogue.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I am a registered independent because I find that I cast my votes not on the basis of party loyalty but on the issues of the moment and my assessment of the candidates.”

I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I am a registered independent because I find that I cast my votes not on the basis of party loyalty but on the issues of the moment and my assessment of the candidates.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “I never had the ambition to be something. I had the ambition to do something.”

I never had the ambition to be something. I had the ambition to do something.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.”

Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Our task is not to tell the truth; we are opinion molders.”

Our task is not to tell the truth; we are opinion molders.

— Walter Cronkite


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

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

— Walter Cronkite


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

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

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “People who understand music hear sounds that no one else makes when Frank Sinatra sings.”

People who understand music hear sounds that no one else makes when Frank Sinatra sings.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “The daily coverage of the Vietnamese battlefield helped convince the American public that the carnage was not worth the candle.”

The daily coverage of the Vietnamese battlefield helped convince the American public that the carnage was not worth the candle.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Never before probably has the need for interfaith commitment been nearly as great as it is at this very moment.”

Never before probably has the need for interfaith commitment been nearly as great as it is at this very moment.

— Walter Cronkite



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

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

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “We know that no one should tell a woman she has to bear an unwanted child. We know that religious beliefs cannot define patriotism.”

We know that no one should tell a woman she has to bear an unwanted child. We know that religious beliefs cannot define patriotism.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “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.”

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.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Interviewing friends is a tough one. Your duty to the interview must transcend your friendship. Occasionally you’ll lose a friend.”

Interviewing friends is a tough one. Your duty to the interview must transcend your friendship. Occasionally you’ll lose a friend.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “The perils of duck hunting are great- especially for the duck.”

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

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “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 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.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “We cannot defer this responsibility to posterity. Time will not wait.”

We cannot defer this responsibility to posterity. Time will not wait.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “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.”

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.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “When the Eagle landed on the moon, I was speechless – overwhelmed, like most of the world. Couldn’t say a word. I think all I said was, ‘Wow! Jeez!’ Not exactly immortal. Well, I was nothing if not human.”

When the Eagle landed on the moon, I was speechless – overwhelmed, like most of the world. Couldn’t say a word. I think all I said was, ‘Wow! Jeez!’ Not exactly immortal. Well, I was nothing if not human.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “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.”

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.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Not only do we have a right to know, we have a duty to know what our Government is doing in our name. If there’s a criticism to be made today, it’s that the press isn’t doing enough to put the pressure on the government to provide information.”

Not only do we have a right to know, we have a duty to know what our Government is doing in our name. If there’s a criticism to be made today, it’s that the press isn’t doing enough to put the pressure on the government to provide information.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “I am not a contemplative type, basically. I am much more of an action person and, as a consequence, I look forward to today and tomorrow and what’s breaking.”

I am not a contemplative type, basically. I am much more of an action person and, as a consequence, I look forward to today and tomorrow and what’s breaking.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “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.”

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.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “And that’s the way it is.”

And that’s the way it is.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “We are on the precipice of being so ignorant that our democracy is threatened.”

We are on the precipice of being so ignorant that our democracy is threatened.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “The 60s undoubtedly were the most turbulent years of the century.”

The 60s undoubtedly were the most turbulent years of the century.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “News reporters are certainly liberal and left of center.”

News reporters are certainly liberal and left of center.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “In all my years as a news commentator I was never once, able to tell the truth, about anything.”

In all my years as a news commentator I was never once, able to tell the truth, about anything.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “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.”

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.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Not only do we have a right to know, we have a duty to know what our Government is doing in our name.”

Not only do we have a right to know, we have a duty to know what our Government is doing in our name.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “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.”

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.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “The sweet smell of the South, of Camellias and Azaleas, clings to Beaufort’s ancient and historic buildings.”

The sweet smell of the South, of Camellias and Azaleas, clings to Beaufort’s ancient and historic buildings.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Probably the most important single element that I found in my own marriage was a sense of humor. My wife had a delicious sense of humor, and I think I have an adequate one.”

Probably the most important single element that I found in my own marriage was a sense of humor. My wife had a delicious sense of humor, and I think I have an adequate one.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “I’m very proud of what Harry Truman turned out to be in office and the record he made. Certainly I think he’ll go down in history as one of the greats, because of his conscience, his determination to stick with what he knew was right.”

I’m very proud of what Harry Truman turned out to be in office and the record he made. Certainly I think he’ll go down in history as one of the greats, because of his conscience, his determination to stick with what he knew was right.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Old anchormen, you see, don’t fade away. They just keep coming back for more. And that’s the way it is, Friday, March 6, 1981.”

Old anchormen, you see, don’t fade away. They just keep coming back for more. And that’s the way it is, Friday, March 6, 1981.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “I am a news presenter, a news broadcaster, an anchorman, a managing editor – not a commentator or analyst. I feel no compulsion to be a pundit.”

I am a news presenter, a news broadcaster, an anchorman, a managing editor – not a commentator or analyst. I feel no compulsion to be a pundit.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “There is a compulsion that is perhaps the heart of life’s meanings, this marvelous mystery of blood ties that brings joy whenever a new family member comes on the scene.”

There is a compulsion that is perhaps the heart of life’s meanings, this marvelous mystery of blood ties that brings joy whenever a new family member comes on the scene.

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “I have never pretended to be a great writer. I am totally immodest about being a great reporter and a good news writer. I write fast and I write accurately, nearly as accurately as anybody can be, and that’s my skill.”

I have never pretended to be a great writer. I am totally immodest about being a great reporter and a good news writer. I write fast and I write accurately, nearly as accurately as anybody can be, and that’s my skill.

— Walter Cronkite


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

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

— Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite Quote: “Be kind to an old man.”

Be kind to an old man.

— Walter Cronkite

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