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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: “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: “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: “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


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