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I give Cronkite a whole lot of credit.
– Ben Bradlee
There have been as many investigative reporters on this newspaper working on Clinton’s many problems as I can remember there were working on Watergate.
The champagne was flowing like the Potomac in flood.
They cut about seven minutes from that broadcast, but it was still vital to the story’s momentum.
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.
Maybe some of today’s papers have too many ‘feel-good’ features, but there is a lot of good news out there.
We made only one real mistake. And even then we were right.
It took us about a day and a half to find out what had gone wrong.
If an investigative reporter finds out that someone has been robbing the store, that may be ‘gotcha’ journalism, but it’s also good journalism.
You never monkey with the truth.
I never believed that Nixon could fully resurrect himself. And the proof of that was in the obits.
We were right about the slush fund. But Sloan did not testify about it to the Grand Jury.
The Nixon administration really put a lot of pressure on CBS not to run the second broadcast.
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.
I must be out of it, but I don’t know any good journalists who have excused Clinton’s problems.
I think he had a strange, passionate devotion to the truth and a horror at what he saw going on.
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.