Carl Bernstein Famous Quotes & Sayings

54 Carl Bernstein Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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There's something totally crazy about this. Carl Bernstein Sayings: There's something totally crazy about this.
But you're absolutely sure we're right?' The question carried an intensity absent from the previous conversation. 'I remember talking with Henry Kissinger,' she continued, 'and he came up and said 'What's the matter, don't you think we're going to be re-elected? You were wrong on Haldeman.' And he seemed upset and said something about it being terribly, terribly unfair.'

If there's anyone who has not been wronged, Woodward said, it is Bob Haldeman. It was the most definite statement Woodward made during lunch.

'Oh, really,' said Mrs. Graham. 'I'm glad to hear you say that, because I was worried.' She paused. 'You've reassured me. You really have.' She looked at Woodward. Her face said, Do better.

-- Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: But you're absolutely sure we're right?' The question carried an intensity absent from the previous
To those who will decide if he should be tried for 'high crimes and misdemeanors' -the House of Representatives-
And to those who would sit in judgment at such a trial if the House impeaches -the Senate-
And to the man who would preside at such an impeachment trial -the Chief Justice of the United States, Warren Burger-
And to the nation ...
The President said, 'I want you to know that I have no intention whatever of ever walking away from the job that the American people elected me to do for the people of the United States.'
- Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: To those who will decide if he should be tried for 'high crimes and misdemeanors'
For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, even our cultural ideal. Carl Bernstein Sayings: For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our
Hillary [Clinton] is neither the demon of the right's perception, nor a feminist saint, nor is she particularly emblematic of her time perhaps more old-fashioned than modern. Carl Bernstein Sayings: Hillary [Clinton] is neither the demon of the right's perception, nor a feminist saint, nor
We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal. Carl Bernstein Sayings: We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture.
The August 1 story had carried their joint byline; the day afterward, Woodward asked Sussman if Bernstein's name could appear with his on the follow-up story - though Bernstein was still in Miami and had not worked on it. From the on, any Watergate story would carry both names. Their colleagues melded the two into one and gleefully named their byline Woodstein.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: The August 1 story had carried their joint byline; the day afterward, Woodward asked Sussman
In the John Paul II days, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had the advantage of staying in his cupboard - the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - exchanging views only with the Pope, and speaking publicly only through carefully written missives on doctrinal issues. Carl Bernstein Sayings: In the John Paul II days, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had the advantage of staying in
There had always been black people in and out of our house, and from the outset I had been taught that for them life was defined by struggle and filled with injustice. Carl Bernstein Sayings: There had always been black people in and out of our house, and from the
The pressure to compete, the fear somebody else will make the splash first, creates a frenzied environment in which a blizzard of information is presented and serious questions may not be raised. Carl Bernstein Sayings: The pressure to compete, the fear somebody else will make the splash first, creates a
You can't serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line. Carl Bernstein Sayings: You can't serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line.
A prize-winning science reporter, Simons had become the number-two editor at the Post a year before. An intent, sensitive man with a large nose, thin face and deep-set eyes, he looks like the kind of Harvard teaching assistant who carries a slide ruler strapped to his belt. But he is skillful with fragile egos, and also the perfect counterpoint to Bradlee. Bradlee is more like Woodward: he wants hard information first and is impatient with theories.

-- Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: A prize-winning science reporter, Simons had become the number-two editor at the Post a year
There was a pretty fair bike shop in McLean, and Bernstein drove there to kill a couple of hours and look halfheartedly for a replacement for his beloved Raleigh. But his mind was on Jeb Magruder. He had picked up a profoundly disturbing piece of information that day: Magruder was a bike freak. Bernstein had trouble swallowing the information that a bicycle nut could be a Watergate bugger. Carl Bernstein Sayings: There was a pretty fair bike shop in McLean, and Bernstein drove there to kill
Back at the office, Woodward went to the rear of the newsroom to call Deep Throat. Bernstein wished he had a source like that. The only source he knew who had such comprehensive knowledge in any field was Mike Schwering, who owned Georgetown Cycle Sport Shop. There was nothing about bikes - and, more important, bike thieves - that Schwering didn't know. Bernstein knew something about bike thieves: the night of the Watergate indictments, somebody had stolen his 10-speed Raleigh from a parking garage. That was the difference between him and Woodward. Woodward went into a garage to find a source who could tell him what Nixon's men were up to. Bernstein walked into a garage to find an eight-pound chain cut neatly in two and his bike gone.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Back at the office, Woodward went to the rear of the newsroom to call Deep
The American Revolution and Declaration of Independence, it has often been argued, were fueled by the most radical of all American political ideas. Carl Bernstein Sayings: The American Revolution and Declaration of Independence, it has often been argued, were fueled by
They walked across 15th Street to the Madison Hotel's Montpelier Room, an opulent French restaurant. Bradlee asked for a corner table, and began the conversation. 'You'd better bring me up to date because ... ' He turned to order lunch in perfect French, and then turned back to Woodward. ' ... our cocks are on the chopping block now and I just want to know a little bit more about this. Carl Bernstein Sayings: They walked across 15th Street to the Madison Hotel's Montpelier Room, an opulent French restaurant.
June 17, 1972. Nine o'clock Saturday morning. Early for the telephone. Woodward fumbled for the receiver and snapped awake. The city editor of the Washington Post was on the line. Five men had been arrested earlier that morning in a burglary attempt at Democratic headquarters, carrying photographic equipment and electronic gear. Could he come in? Carl Bernstein Sayings: June 17, 1972. Nine o'clock Saturday morning. Early for the telephone. Woodward fumbled for the
John Paul was the first modern pope to grow up in a secular culture: He attended public schools, danced with girls - indeed, as a teenager he had a crush on a beautiful Jewish girl who fled his hometown just ahead of the arrival of the Germans. Carl Bernstein Sayings: John Paul was the first modern pope to grow up in a secular culture: He
Soon, challenges against the Post's ownership of two television stations in Florida were filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The price of Post stock on the American Exchange dropped by almost 50 percent. Among the challengers - forming the organizations of 'citizens' who proposed to become the new FCC licensees - were several persons long associated with the President.
Carl Bernsein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Soon, challenges against the Post's ownership of two television stations in Florida were filed with
Simons, as restrained as Bradlee could be hard-charging and obstreperous, liked to tell of watching Bradlee grind his cigarrettes out in a demitasse cup during a formal dinner party. Bradlee was one of the few persons who could pull that kind of thing off and leave the hostess saying how charming he was.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Simons, as restrained as Bradlee could be hard-charging and obstreperous, liked to tell of watching
Religion is one of the fundaments of Hillary Clinton's character and politics. Carl Bernstein Sayings: Religion is one of the fundaments of Hillary Clinton's character and politics.
Aware that much of the story was out of his hands, he tried to exercise what control he could: he hovered around the reporters' typewriters as they wrote, passed them questions as they talked on the phone to sources, demanded to be briefed after they hung up or returned from a meeting. Now, gulping down antacid tablets, Rosenfeld grilled Bernstein and Woodward to find out how solid this latest story was. Carl Bernstein Sayings: Aware that much of the story was out of his hands, he tried to exercise
The Congress is a dysfunctional institution; it's broken. One of our three branches of government is broken. Carl Bernstein Sayings: The Congress is a dysfunctional institution; it's broken. One of our three branches of government
At heart, Sussman was a theoretician. In another age, he might have been a Talmudic scholar. He had cultivated a Socratic method, zinging question after question at the reporters: Who moved over from Commerce to CRP with Stans? What about Mitchell's secretary? Why won't anybody say when Liddy went to the White House or who worked with him there? Mitchell and Stans both ran the budget committee, right? What does that tell you? Then Sussman would puff on his pipe, a satisfied grin on his face. Carl Bernstein Sayings: At heart, Sussman was a theoretician. In another age, he might have been a Talmudic
There's no way to know the motives of another person totally, even a person that you know very well. Carl Bernstein Sayings: There's no way to know the motives of another person totally, even a person that
Bernstein looked like one of those counterculture journalists that Woodward despised. Bernstein thought that Woodward's rapid rise at the Post had less to do with his ability than his Establishment credentials.
They had never worked on a story together. Woodward was 29, Bernstein 28.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Bernstein looked like one of those counterculture journalists that Woodward despised. Bernstein thought that Woodward's
Good journalism should challenge people, not just mindlessly amuse them. Carl Bernstein Sayings: Good journalism should challenge people, not just mindlessly amuse them.
Woodward said that he had told no one the name of Deep Throat.
Mrs. Graham paused. 'Tell me,' she said.
Woodward froze. He said he would give her the name if she wanted. He was praying she wouldn't press it. Mrs. Graham laughed, touched his arm and said she was only kidding, she didn't really want to carry that burden around with her. Woodward took a bite of his eggs, which were cold.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Woodward said that he had told no one the name of Deep Throat.Mrs. Graham paused.
Rosenfeld runs the metropolitan staff, the Post's largest, like a football coach. He prods his players, letting them know that he has promised the front office results, pleading, yelling, cajoling, pacing, working his facial expressions for instant effects - anger, satisfaction, concern.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Rosenfeld runs the metropolitan staff, the Post's largest, like a football coach. He prods his
Radical thought has inspired many of the great political and social reform movements in American history, from ending slavery to establishing the minimum wage. Carl Bernstein Sayings: Radical thought has inspired many of the great political and social reform movements in American
The reality is that the media are probably the most powerful of all our institutions today and they, or rather we, too often are squandering our power and ignoring our obligations. The consequence of our abdication of responsibility is the ugly spectacle of idiot culture! Carl Bernstein Sayings: The reality is that the media are probably the most powerful of all our institutions
The failures of the press have contributed immensely to the emergence of a talk-show nation, in which public discourse is reduced to ranting and raving and posturing. We now have a mainstream press whose news agenda is increasingly influenced by this netherworld. Carl Bernstein Sayings: The failures of the press have contributed immensely to the emergence of a talk-show nation,
BERNSTEIN: "I'll read you the first few paragraphs." (He got as far as the third. Mitchell responded, "JEEEEEEEEESUS" every few words.) MITCHELL: "All that crap, you're putting it in the paper? It's all been denied. Katie Graham's gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that's published. Good Christ! That's the most sickening thing I ever heard." BERNSTEIN: "Sir, I'd like to ask you a few questions about - " MITCHELL: "What time is it?" BERNSTEIN: "Eleven thirty. I'm sorry to call so late." MITCHELL: "Eleven thirty. Eleven thirty when?" BERNSTEIN: "Eleven thirty at night." MITCHELL: "Oh." BERNSTEIN: "The committee has issued a statement about the story, but I'd like to ask you a few questions about the specifics of what the story contains." MITCHELL: "Did the committee tell you to go ahead and publish that story? You fellows got a great ballgame going. As soon as you're through paying Ed Williams* and the rest of those fellows, we're going to do a story on all of you. Carl Bernstein Sayings: BERNSTEIN: "I'll read you the first few paragraphs." (He got as far as the third.
The most important ethical issues and the most difficult ones are the human ones because a reporter has enormous power to hurt people. Carl Bernstein Sayings: The most important ethical issues and the most difficult ones are the human ones because
All institutions have lapses, even great ones, especially by individual rogue employees - famously in recent years at 'The Washington Post,' 'The New York Times,' and the three original TV networks. Carl Bernstein Sayings: All institutions have lapses, even great ones, especially by individual rogue employees - famously in
Public policy in the twentieth century was about protecting and expanding the social compact, based on recognition that effective government at the federal level provides rules and services and safety measures that contribute to a better society. Carl Bernstein Sayings: Public policy in the twentieth century was about protecting and expanding the social compact, based
The great thing about Watergate is, is that the system worked. The American system worked. The press did its job. We did what we were supposed to do. Carl Bernstein Sayings: The great thing about Watergate is, is that the system worked. The American system worked.
Sussman had the ability to seize facts and lock them in his memory, where they remained poised for instants recall. More than any other editor at the Post, or Bernstein and Woodward, Sussman became a walking compendium of Watergate knowledge, a reference source to be summoned when even the library failed. On a deadline, he would pump these facts into a story in a constant infusion, working up a body of significant information to support what otherwise seemed like the weakest of revelations. In Sussman's mind, everything fitted. Watergate was a puzzle and he was a collector of the pieces.

-- Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Sussman had the ability to seize facts and lock them in his memory, where they
The managing editor shared Bernstein's fondness for doping things out on the basis of sketchy information. At the same time, he was cautious about what eventually went into print. On more than one occasion, he told Bernstein and Woodward to consider delaying a story or, if necessary, to pull it at the last minute if they had any doubts. 'I don't care if it's a word, a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph, a whole story or an entire series of stories,' he said. 'When in doubt, leave it out.'
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: The managing editor shared Bernstein's fondness for doping things out on the basis of sketchy
Rosenfeld went to work for the Herald Tribune after his graduation from Syracuse University and has always been an editor, never a reporter. He was inclined to worry that too many reporters on the metropolitan staff were incompetent, and thought even the best reporters could be saved from self-destruction only by the skills of an editor. His natural distrust of reporters was particularly acute on the Watergate story, where the risks were very great, and he was in the uncomfortable position of having to trust Bernstein and Woodward more than he had ever trusted any reporters.

-- Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Rosenfeld went to work for the Herald Tribune after his graduation from Syracuse University and
The greatest felony in the news business today is to be behind, or to miss a big story. So speed and quantity substitute for thoroughness and quality, for accuracy and context. Carl Bernstein Sayings: The greatest felony in the news business today is to be behind, or to miss
Hardly unaware of his image, Bradlee even cultivated it. He delighted in displaying his street savvy, telling a reporter to get his ass moving and talk to some real cops, not lieutenants and captains behind a desk; then rising to greet some visiting dignitary from Le Monde or L'Express in formal, flawless French, complete with a peck on each cheek.

-- Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Hardly unaware of his image, Bradlee even cultivated it. He delighted in displaying his street
What will a Hillary Clinton presidency look like? The answer by now seems obvious: It will look like her presidential campaign, which in turn looks increasingly like the first Clinton presidency. Which is to say, high-minded ideals, lowered execution, half truths, outright lies (and imaginary flights), take-no prisoners politics, some very good policy ideas, a presidential spouse given to wallowing in anger and self-pity, and a succession of aides and surrogates pushed under the bus when things don't go right. Which is to say, often. Carl Bernstein Sayings: What will a Hillary Clinton presidency look like? The answer by now seems obvious: It
Deep Throat stamped his foot. 'A conspiracy like this ... a conspiracy investigation ... the rope has to tighten slowly around everyone's neck. You build convincingly from the outer edges in, you get ten times the evidence you need against the Hunts and the Liddys. They feel hopelessly finished - they may not talk right away, but the grip is on them. Then you move up and do the same thing at the next level. If you shoot too high and miss, the everyone feels more secure. Lawyers work this way. I'm sure smart reporters must, too. You've put the investigation back months. It puts everyone on the defensive - editors, FBI agents, everybody has to go into a crouch after this.'
Woodward swallowed hard. He deserved the lecture.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Deep Throat stamped his foot. 'A conspiracy like this ... a conspiracy investigation ... the
I think all good reporting is the same thing - the best attainable version of the truth. Carl Bernstein Sayings: I think all good reporting is the same thing - the best attainable version of
Until the August 1 story about the Dahlberg check, the working relationship between Bernstein and Woodward was more competitive than anything else. Each had worried that the other might walk off with the remainder of the story by himself. If one had gone chasing after a lead at night or on a weekend, the other felt compelled to do the same.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Until the August 1 story about the Dahlberg check, the working relationship between Bernstein and
Increasingly, the picture of our society as rendered in our media is illusionary and delusionary: disfigured, unreal, out of touch with reality, disconnected from the true context of our life. It is disfigured by celebrity, by celebrity worship, by gossip, by sensationalism, by denial of our societies Carl Bernstein Sayings: Increasingly, the picture of our society as rendered in our media is illusionary and delusionary:
Bradlee had been recruited with the idea that the New York Times need nod exercise absolute preeminence in American journalism.
That vision had suffered a setback in 1971 when the Times published the Pentagon Papers. Though the Post was the second news organization to obtain a copy of the secret study of the Vietnam war, Bradlee noted that 'there was blood on every word' of the Times' initial stories. Bradlee could convey his opinions with a single disgusted glance at an indolent reporter or editor.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: Bradlee had been recruited with the idea that the New York Times need nod exercise
If you are a great news organization, you can't have the best obtainable version of the truth if your vision and your scale is reduced to a fraction of its former self. Carl Bernstein Sayings: If you are a great news organization, you can't have the best obtainable version of
Even at the end of a presidential election campaign, we have no way to know what Mitt Romney really believes. Carl Bernstein Sayings: Even at the end of a presidential election campaign, we have no way to know
It was 9:30 P.M., just an hour from deadline for the second edition. Woodward began typing:
A $25,000 cashier's check, apparently earmarked for the campaign chest of President Nixon, was deposited in April in the bank account of Bernard L. Barker, one of the five men arrested at the break-in and alleged bugging attempt at Democratic National Committee headquarters here June 17.
The last page of copy was passed to Sussman just at the deadline. Sussman set his pen and pipe down on his desk and turned to Woodward. 'We've never had a story like this,' he said. 'Just never.'
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: It was 9:30 P.M., just an hour from deadline for the second edition. Woodward began
Marilyn, I have a wife and family and a dog and a cat. Carl Bernstein Sayings: Marilyn, I have a wife and family and a dog and a cat.
The invariable question, asked only half-mockingly of reporters by editors at the Post (and then up the hierarchical line of editors) was 'What have you done for me today?' Yesterday was for the history books, not newspapers.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Carl Bernstein Sayings: The invariable question, asked only half-mockingly of reporters by editors at the Post (and then
The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage. Carl Bernstein Sayings: The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt