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Walter Cronkite

Data di nascita: 4. Novembre 1916
Data di morte: 17. Luglio 2009

Walter Leland Jr. Cronkite è stato un giornalista e personaggio televisivo statunitense.

Per vent'anni, dal 1962 al 1981, condusse il telegiornale della CBS, CBS Evening News; fu spesso citato nei sondaggi come "l'uomo più creduto d'America" per l'esperienza e il rigore professionale.

Frasi Walter Cronkite

„[Dopo l'11 settembre] Come durante la guerra fredda vi è il pericolo che l'opinione pubblica diventi molto emotiva, e che si finisca per lanciare una caccia alle streghe che rischia di andare a pescare in aspetti della società estranei a quello che è accaduto.“

—  Walter Cronkite

da Corriere della sera, 14 settembre 2001 https://web.archive.org/web/20160101000000/http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/2001/settembre/14/Walter_Cronkite_giornalista_televisivo_americano_co_0_0109149383.shtml

„Ho costruito la mia reputazione su un giornalismo onesto e diretto. Fare qualunque altra cosa mi suonerebbe finto.“

—  Walter Cronkite

da «L'uomo più fidato d'America» Che pianse per la morte di JFK https://web.archive.org/web/20160101000000/http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/2009/luglio/19/uomo_piu_fidato_America_Che_co_8_090719033.shtml, Corriere della sera, 19 luglio 2009

„Avevo lasciato gli Usa che ero un ragazzo, e vi ritornai che ero un uomo. Mi portai dietro l'orrore della guerra e le ideologie, e la convinzione che l'eguaglianza e la tolleranza siano i binari su cui corre la pace.“

—  Walter Cronkite

da Cronkite: la tv ammazzanotizie https://web.archive.org/web/20160101000000/http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/1997/gennaio/29/Cronkite_ammazzanotizie_co_0_9701297783.shtml, Corriere della sera, 29 gennaio 1997

„Nixon ebbe sempre un complesso nei confronti di Kennedy, forse per la sua infanzia povera e per la sua goffaggine, non seppe mai comunicare, non ebbe mai carisma. Vide ovunque complotti, e reagi' con altri complotti. La sua tragedia privata divenne una tragedia nazionale.“

—  Walter Cronkite

da Cronkite: la tv ammazzanotizie https://web.archive.org/web/20160101000000/http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/1997/gennaio/29/Cronkite_ammazzanotizie_co_0_9701297783.shtml, Corriere della sera, 29 gennaio 1997

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„For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling "civilized?" And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.“

—  Walter Cronkite

UN Address (1999)
Contesto: For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling "civilized?" And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.
While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure in preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace. Meanwhile, emphasizing the sloth in this regard, those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war.

„Ours will neither be a perfect world, nor a world without disagreement and occasional violence. But it will be a world where the overwhelming majority of national leaders will consistently abide by the rule of world law, and those who won't will be dealt with effectively and with due process by the structures of that same world law.“

—  Walter Cronkite

UN Address (1999)
Contesto: Ours will neither be a perfect world, nor a world without disagreement and occasional violence. But it will be a world where the overwhelming majority of national leaders will consistently abide by the rule of world law, and those who won't will be dealt with effectively and with due process by the structures of that same world law. We will never have a city without crime, but we would never want to live in a city that had no system of law to deal with the criminals who will always be with us.

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

—  Walter Cronkite

Free the Airwaves! (2002)
Contesto: In our country, third-party candidates throughout the years have said there is not a dime's worth of difference between the candidates from the major parties. Well, that is clearly a campaign canard. But it may appear to be true if the public's knowledge of the important differences between candidates is limited to what the public sees and hears on television.
Putting it as strongly as I can, the failure to give free airtime for our political campaigns endangers our democracy.

„Old anchormen, you see, don't fade away; they just keep coming back for more. And that's the way it is: Friday, March 6, 1981.“

—  Walter Cronkite

CBS Evening News Farewell (1981)
Contesto: This is my last broadcast as the anchorman of The CBS Evening News; for me, it's a moment for which I long have planned, but which, nevertheless, comes with some sadness. For almost 2 decades, after all, we've been meeting like this in the evenings, and I'll miss that. But those who have made anything of this departure, I'm afraid have made too much. This is but a transition, a passing of the baton. A great broadcaster and gentleman, Doug Edwards, preceded me in this job, and another, Dan Rather, will follow. And anyway, the person who sits here is but the most conspicuous member of a superb team of journalists — writers, reporters, editors, producers—and none of that will change. Furthermore, I'm not even going away! I'll be back from time to time with special news reports and documentaries, and, beginning in June, every week, with our science program, Universe. Old anchormen, you see, don't fade away; they just keep coming back for more. And that's the way it is: Friday, March 6, 1981. I'll be away on assignment, and Dan Rather will be sitting in here for the next few years. Good night.

„Today we must develop federal structures on a global level.“

—  Walter Cronkite

UN Address (1999)
Contesto: I suppose I'm preaching to the choir here. So let's not talk generalities but focus tonight on a few specifics of what the leadership of the World Federalist Movement believe must be done now to advance the rule of world law.
For starters, we can draw on the wisdom of the framers of the US Constitution in 1787. The differences among the American states then were as bitter as differences among the nation-states in the world today.
In their almost miraculous insight, the founders of our country invented "federalism," a concept that is rooted in the rights of the individual. Our federal system guarantees a maximum of freedom but provides it in a framework of law and justice.
Our forefathers believed that the closer the laws are to the people, the better. Cities legislate on local matters; states make decisions on matters within their borders; and the national government deals with issues that transcend the states, such as interstate commerce and foreign relations. That is federalism.
Today we must develop federal structures on a global level. We need a system of enforceable world law — a democratic federal world government — to deal with world problems.

„The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it.“

—  Walter Cronkite

Free the Airwaves! (2002)
Contesto: The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it. Democracy is in danger. Seats in Congress, seats in the state legislature, that big seat in the White House itself, can be purchased by those who have the greatest campaign resources, who have the largest bank accounts or own riches.
That, I submit to you, is no democracy. It is an oligarchy of the already powerful. It is no less than a conspiracy of the powerful to deny access to government to those who literally cannot afford to run for public office with any realistic hope of getting elected.

„In their almost miraculous insight, the founders of our country invented "federalism," a concept that is rooted in the rights of the individual.“

—  Walter Cronkite

UN Address (1999)
Contesto: I suppose I'm preaching to the choir here. So let's not talk generalities but focus tonight on a few specifics of what the leadership of the World Federalist Movement believe must be done now to advance the rule of world law.
For starters, we can draw on the wisdom of the framers of the US Constitution in 1787. The differences among the American states then were as bitter as differences among the nation-states in the world today.
In their almost miraculous insight, the founders of our country invented "federalism," a concept that is rooted in the rights of the individual. Our federal system guarantees a maximum of freedom but provides it in a framework of law and justice.
Our forefathers believed that the closer the laws are to the people, the better. Cities legislate on local matters; states make decisions on matters within their borders; and the national government deals with issues that transcend the states, such as interstate commerce and foreign relations. That is federalism.
Today we must develop federal structures on a global level. We need a system of enforceable world law — a democratic federal world government — to deal with world problems.

„Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war.“

—  Walter Cronkite

UN Address (1999)
Contesto: For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling "civilized?" And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.
While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure in preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace. Meanwhile, emphasizing the sloth in this regard, those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war.

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