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The shouting and opinion and jokes don't exist if there isn't first a story.
A skill required to be president is to explain to the American people any given thing they do.
I have great faith in the intelligence of the American viewer and reader to put two and two together and come up with four.
I started as a print reporter.
I'm a journalist and that's what I do.
I'm not in the being-annoyed business.
I'm not in the judgment part of journalism.
If we're going to have debates, let's have real debates.
In my case, I was covering politics in Texas as a newspaper man in the 1960's.
In order to reduce the deficit, there has to be revenue in addition to cuts.
In television there are only about 12 people who do what I do.
Most of the gaffes I've made have not been funny - they've been stupid.
Most of the stories I have covered in 45 years have been gray stories.
My conscience is clear.
My own view, there is a need for and a demonstrated need for more journalism now than there ever has been.
My writing is extremely important, so I write every day. I just enjoy it. I get a kick out of it.
No two people see things the same way.
Those who know me know I won't hesitate to turn around and point someone out.
We have increasingly fewer and fewer journalists who have any military experience and understand what life is like in the military and in combat.
I've traveled around the country and I read local newspapers and all of that, and it's a sad, sad thing to go from city to city and see the small newspapers and they're tiny. They're tiny not only in size but also in scope.
On a daily basis there are some huge ones that are, sure, from time to time, but it is helping the reader sort through all this sort of gray stuff out there.
One of the problems is that everybody is used to the old-fashioned debate system, which is very controlled, and where the moderator plays a more active role.
Preparation is based on one driving force for me and that is to be relaxed enough to be able to listen to what the candidates are saying and react appropriately.
The best moderators are the moderators who are essentially invisible. A moderator who is there to be seen and heard and to be talked about either, 'oh, God, what a great question,' or, 'oh, God, what a lousy question,' that to me is a failed moderator.
Well, to tell you truth, I have learned a long time ago that the trick when doing a debate, any kind of debate, is to just turn off the judgment switch in my head.
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