27 Famous Edward R Murrow Quotes

27 Famous Edward R Murrow Quotes

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Edward Murrow was a broadcast journalist from North Carolina. After college he got a job at CBS as a director of talks and education, he stayed with this company for his whole career. After working in radio broadcasts he began a television career doing special news coverage. He died at the age of 57 from lung cancer.

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

“A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow. There’s nothing tangible of yesterday. All I can say I’ve done is agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes and then boom – it’s gone.”

“A satellite has no conscience.”

“All I can hope to teach my son is to tell the truth and fear no man.”

“Anyone who isn’t confused doesn’t really understand the situation.”

“Do not be deluded into believing that the titular heads of the networks control what appears on their networks. They all have better taste.”

“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices–just recognize them.”

“Except for those who think in terms of pious platitudes or dogma or narrow prejudice (and those thoughts we aren’t interested in), people don’t speak their beliefs easily, or publicly.”

“Fame is morally neutral.”

“Good night, and good luck.”

“If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ in color for a full hour, there would be a considerable number of stations which would decline to carry it on the grounds that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.”

“It is not necessary to remind you that the fact that your voice is amplified to the degree where it reaches from one end of the country to the other does not confer upon you greater wisdom or understanding than you possessed when your voice reached only from one end of the bar to the other. All of these things you know.”

“Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”

“Just once in a while let us exalt the importance of ideas and information.”

“Most truth’s are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.”

“No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices.”

“Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.”

“The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.”

“The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.”

“The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order. With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved.”

“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.”

“This… is London.”

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

“We cannot make good news out of bad practice.”

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.”

“We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men.”

“We will not walk in fear, one of another.”