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A collection of quotes and sayings by Ben Bradlee on truth, life, newspaper, food, journalism, administration, and pressure.

17 Top Ben Bradlee Quotes That Teach You To Stand For Your Rights

Famous As: Newspaper Editor & Journalist
Born On: August 26, 1921
Died On: October 21, 2014
Born In: Boston
Died At Age: 93
Ben Bradlee was a renowned American newspaperman. From 1968 to 1991, he served as the executive editor of ‘The Washington Post.’ During the presidency of Richard Nixon, Bradlee gained a lot of prominence as he administered the publication of Bob Woodward and challenged the federal government over Pentagon Papers right to publication. He was also a proponent of the study of history and education. He also worked as an active trustee on the boards of various major archaeological, educational, and historical research institutions. Following is a list of notable and quotable quotes and sayings by Ben Bradlee which have been excerpted from his works, thoughts, interviews, speeches, public utterances, and life.
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Maybe some of today's papers have too many 'feel-good' features, but there is a lot of good news out there.

Ben Bradlee

We were right about the slush fund. But Sloan did not testify about it to the Grand Jury.

Ben Bradlee

We made only one real mistake. And even then we were right.

Ben Bradlee

They cut about seven minutes from that broadcast, but it was still vital to the story's momentum.

Ben Bradlee

There have been as many investigative reporters on this newspaper working on Clinton's many problems as I can remember there were working on Watergate.

Ben Bradlee

The really tough thing would have been to decide to take Woodward and Bernstein off the story. They were carrying the coal for us - in that their stories were right.

Ben Bradlee

The Nixon administration really put a lot of pressure on CBS not to run the second broadcast.

Ben Bradlee

The biggest difference between Kennedy and Nixon, as far as the press is concerned, is simply this: Jack Kennedy really liked newspaper people and he really enjoyed sparring with journalists.

Ben Bradlee

Sure, some journalists use anonymous sources just because they're lazy and I think editors ought to insist on more precise identification even if they remain anonymous.

Ben Bradlee

It took us about a day and a half to find out what had gone wrong.

Ben Bradlee

If an investigative reporter finds out that someone has been robbing the store, that may be 'gotcha' journalism, but it's also good journalism.

Ben Bradlee

I think he had a strange, passionate devotion to the truth and a horror at what he saw going on.

Ben Bradlee

I never believed that Nixon could fully resurrect himself. And the proof of that was in the obits.

Ben Bradlee

I must be out of it, but I don't know any good journalists who have excused Clinton's problems.

Ben Bradlee

I give Cronkite a whole lot of credit.

Ben Bradlee

The champagne was flowing like the Potomac in flood.

Ben Bradlee

You never monkey with the truth.

Ben Bradlee