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.
My piece just kind of was another bullet in his rear end.
Dan Rather and I just aren't especially chummy.
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.
Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.
I'm still ready to go to the moon, if they'll take me.
It seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate,
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.
I've gone from the most trusted man in America to one of the most debated. Walter Cronkit
We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.
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 fact that you are here tonight gathered together with us testifies to the fact you understand the need for this organization and the need for redoubling our efforts in this organization to try to assure that democracy as represented by the United States must depend upon a total freedom of religi
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.
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.
I think he's terrific. I've always had a great appreciation of his ability. And I would rather like to see him stay on the job there.
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.
The profession of journalism ought to be about telling people what they need to know - not what they want to know.
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
So now the question is, basically, right now, how will the Osama Bin Laden tape affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, that he probabl
I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they're not liberal, by definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they're preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can't be very good journalists.
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.
The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it.
The daily coverage of the Vietnamese battlefield helped convince the American public that the carnage was not worth the candle.
There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
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.
The ruling class is the rich. . . . And those people are so able to manipulate our democracy that they really control the democracy.
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.
We are keeping company, as the old phrase used to be. I'm not making any moves immediately. I don't think it's proper. My wife has only been gone less than a year. I'll wait until that year has passed, at least.
There's a difference between that and showboating. There's definitely [some] showboating. Usually it's obvious, to us journalists anyway -- whether it's obvious to the public, I don't know.
To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion.