32 Famous Walter Cronkite Quotes

32 Famous Walter Cronkite Quotes

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Walter Cronkite was a broadcast journalist for the CBS Evening News. He began as an anchor for CBS in 1962 and was quickly accepted as “the most trusted man in America”. He continued with CBS until 1981. He died in 2009 at the age of 92.

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

“And that’s the way it is.”

“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.”

“From Dallas, Texas, the flash apparently official: President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, 2:00 Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago.”

“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 in a position to speak my mind. And that is what I propose to do.”

“I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.”

“I don’t think those things live forever with the public. They’re more likely to live with us journalists than the public itself.”

“I’ll be away on assignment, and Dan Rather will be sitting in here for the next few years. Good night.”

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

“It is difficult to think of our craft without him.”

“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.”

“Our country today is at a stage in our foreign policy similar to that crucial point in our nation’s early history when our Constitution was produced in Philadelphia.”

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

“Putting it as strongly as I can, the failure to give free airtime for our political campaigns endangers our democracy.”

“Television [is] a high-impact medium. It does some things no other force can do-transmitting electronic pictures through the air. Still, as an explored, comprehensive medium, it is not a
substitute for print.”

“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 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 perils of duck hunting are great- especially for the duck.”

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

“They’re going to have to eat their words. Some of the things I’ve seen her do on Today when there’s breaking news, I thought she’s done a fine job. … Her own journalistic instincts come
to the fore.”

“This opens the door on another chapter of history.”

“To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe, in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past. To suggest we are on the edge of defeat is to yield to
unreasonable pessimism. To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion.”

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

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

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

“When you’re bringing in a fairly unknown candidate challenging a sitting president, the population needs a lot more information than reduced coverage provides.”

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

“There’s a little more ego involved in these jobs than people might realize.”

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

“Dan Rather and I just aren’t especially chummy.”

“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.”