Ben Bradlee Quotes

 

You never monkey with the truth.

— 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.

— Ben Bradlee

The champagne was flowing like the Potomac in flood.

— Ben Bradlee

I must be out of it, but I don’t know any good journalists who have excused Clinton’s problems.

— Ben Bradlee

I think he had a strange, passionate devotion to the truth and a horror at what he saw going on.

— Ben Bradlee

If an investigative reporter finds out that someone has been robbing the store, that may be ‘gotcha’ journalism, but it’s also good journalism.

— Ben Bradlee

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.

— Ben Bradlee

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.

— Ben Bradlee

We made only one real mistake. And even then we were right.

— Ben Bradlee

I never believed that Nixon could fully resurrect himself. And the proof of that was in the obits.

— Ben Bradlee

It took us about a day and a half to find out what had gone wrong.

— Ben Bradlee

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.

— Ben Bradlee

The Nixon administration really put a lot of pressure on CBS not to run the second broadcast.

— Ben Bradlee

They cut about seven minutes from that broadcast, but it was still vital to the story’s momentum.

— Ben Bradlee

We were right about the slush fund. But Sloan did not testify about it to the Grand Jury.

— Ben Bradlee

Maybe some of today’s papers have too many ‘feel-good’ features, but there is a lot of good news out there.

— Ben Bradlee

I give Cronkite a whole lot of credit.

— Ben Bradlee

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