101. “I’ve gone from the most trusted man in America to one of the most debated.”
— Walter Cronkite
102. “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.”
103. “Everybody knows that there’s a liberal, that there’s a heavy liberal persuasion among correspondents.”
104. “Dan Rather and I just aren’t especially chummy.”
105. “For many years, I did my best to report on the issues of the day in as objective a manner as possible. When I had my own strong opinions, as I often did, I tried not to communicate them to my audience.”
106. “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.”
107. “Let us hear the peal of a new international liberty bell that calls us all to the creation of a system of enforceable world law in which the universal desire for peace can place its hope and prayers.”
108. “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.”
109. “I’d like to be a song and dance man.”
110. “We’ve always known you can gain circulation or viewers by cheapening the product, and now you’re finding the bad driving out the good.”
111. “Putting it as strongly as I can, the failure to give free airtime for our political campaigns endangers our democracy.”
112. “I’m still ready to go to the moon, if they’ll take me.”
113. “The invasion of Iraq was illegal from the start.”
114. “It is a seldom proffered argument as to the advantages of a free press that it has a major function in keeping the government itself informed as to what the government is doing.”
115. “Justice was born outside the home and a long way from it; and it has never been adopted there.”
116. “We’re living in a state where no one can trust his telephone conversations, nor even his personal conversations in a room, in a bar or anywhere else.”
117. “I was lucky enough to have one of the first high school classes in the country.”
118. “I sort of think in a way that many of us young reporters who had the opportunity to go overseas for our organizations were kind of, in a sense, war profiteers. We were enhancing our careers while covering that terrible conflict.”
119. “The debates are part of the unconscionable fraud that our political campaigns have become a format that defies meaningful discourse. They should be charged with sabotaging the electoral process.”
120. “I am in a position to speak my mind. And that is what I propose to do.”
121. “The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it.”
122. “When you’re bringing in a fairly unknown candidate challenging a sitting president, the population needs a lot more information than reduced coverage provides.”
123. “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. Probably less.”
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