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" 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'm not in the judgment part of journalism. "
" Those who know me know I won't hesitate to turn around and point someone out. "
" 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. "
" There are very few really stark black and white stories. "
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" I'm in the civil discourse business. I think it takes all kinds. And more power to everybody. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Most of the stories I have covered in 45 years have been gray stories. "
" 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. "
" There's always a germ of truth in just about everything. "
" 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. "
" I'm a journalist and that's what I do. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" You want to see an angry person? Let me hear a cell phone go off. "
" 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. "
" I'm in the reporting part of journalism. "
" I believe an invitation from the Commission on Presidential Debates is similar to a draft notice - a civic responsibility. "
" If you go to the ball game, you don't need to read the game story. "
" 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. "
" I started as a print reporter. "
" My own view, there is a need for and a demonstrated need for more journalism now than there ever has been. "
" We have increasingly fewer and fewer journalists who have any military experience and understand what life is like in the military and in combat. "
" 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. "