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There's only one interview technique that matters... Do your homework so you can listen to the answers and react to them and ask follow-ups. Do your homework, prepare.
A debate has one purpose, one purpose only, and that is to facilitate the exchange of ideas directly between two candidates, and that's it.
I wanted to be a bus driver when I was a kid. I look at bus driving through the eyes of a little boy. I see it as glamorous.
I came from a family of Marines into the family of Marines.
You want to see an angry person? Let me hear a cell phone go off.
If we don't have an informed electorate we don't have a democracy. So I don't care how people get the information, as long as they get it. I'm just doing it my particular way and I feel lucky I can do it the way I want to do it.
I believe an invitation from the Commission on Presidential Debates is similar to a draft notice - a civic responsibility.
I'm a gatekeeper, and the gatekeepers all used to be mostly old, white men.
I've always said this and finally I had a chance to demonstrate it: The moderator should be seen little and heard even less. It is up to the candidates to ask the follow-up questions and challenge one another.
As I say, I'm a discourse advocate. What form it comes is less important to me than the fact that there is discourse.
I always wear blue shirts and I like wine or purple ties.
If you go to the ball game, you don't need to read the game story.
There's always a germ of truth in just about everything.
I'm an expert on the NewsHour and it isn't how I practice journalism. I am not involved in the story. I serve only as a reporter or someone asking questions. I am not the story.
If people want bells and whistles and all of that, there are bells and whistles available. If they don't want bells and whistles there are places to go where they are not available.
I'm in the civil discourse business. I think it takes all kinds. And more power to everybody.
There are very few really stark black and white stories.
Everyone should get their news however they want to and in whatever form they want. I'm not going to sit back in judgment of other people and the way they do it.
People can get their news any way they want. What I love about what's happened is that there are so many different avenues, there are so many different outlets, so many different ways to debate and discuss and to inquire about any given news story.
Well, I don't know about objectivity, but I know for certain that it's always possible for a professional journalist who understands what he or she's up to to be fair, and that's the key word. Fairness to individuals, fairness to ideas, and to issues and whatever - that is critical, and that is also part and parcel of what the job.
Best I can do for them is to give them every piece of information I can find and let them make the judgments. That's just my basic view of my function as a journalist.
The death rate among Marines in Iraq has been more than double that of the other services.
I'm in the reporting part of journalism.
My Marine experience helped shape who I am now personally and professionally, and I am grateful for that on an almost daily basis.
People can say anything they want to. If they don't want to get the news from me, get it from somebody else. It's not something I'm going to worry about, I'm sorry.
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