I give Cronkite a whole lot of credit.
The biggest difference between Kennedy and Nixon, as far as the press is concerned, is simply this: Jack Kennedy really liked newspaper people and he really enjoyed sparring with journalists.
Maybe some of today’s papers have too many ‘feel-good’ features, but there is a lot of good news out there.
I never believed that Nixon could fully resurrect himself. And the proof of that was in the obits.
The Nixon administration really put a lot of pressure on CBS not to run the second broadcast.
They cut about seven minutes from that broadcast, but it was still vital to the story’s momentum.
We were right about the slush fund. But Sloan did not testify about it to the Grand Jury.
We made only one real mistake. And even then we were right.
The really tough thing would have been to decide to take Woodward and Bernstein off the story. They were carrying the coal for us – in that their stories were right.
The champagne was flowing like the Potomac in flood.
It took us about a day and a half to find out what had gone wrong.
You never monkey with the truth.
I think he had a strange, passionate devotion to the truth and a horror at what he saw going on.
Sure, some journalists use anonymous sources just because they’re lazy and I think editors ought to insist on more precise identification even if they remain anonymous.
I must be out of it, but I don’t know any good journalists who have excused Clinton’s problems.