Benjamin C. Bradlee

(Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee)

Benjamin C. Bradlee
Benjamin C. Bradlee
  • Born: August 26, 1921
  • Died: October 21, 2014
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Newspaper Editor









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Books by politicians paint a picture of what they want you to see, not what really happened. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Even the very best newspapers have never learned how to handle public figures who lie with a straight face. Media, Journalism & The Press
Generals who can write always make me nervous. Military & Veterans
He [William Clinton] has terrible trouble with the truth. I don’t think Presidents should have trouble with the truth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If a senator gets drunk at home it's nobody's business. If he is drunk on the floor of the Senate, it's the public's business. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I've yet to meet a President who controlled the CIA. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Politicians often refuse to talk about things on the grounds of national security. Most of the time it’s not national security; it’s national embarrassment. Secrecy & Transparency
She turned the President from a slob into a dude. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The man [Richard Nixon] has no style. No style at all. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There is a lot of spinning and a lot of lying in our times—in politics, in government, in sports and everywhere. It’s gotten to the point where … you no longer believe the first version of anything. It wasn’t always that way. I guess it started for me with Vietnam, when the establishment felt it had to lie to justify a policy that as it turned out was never going to work. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We don't print the truth. We don't pretend to print the truth. We print what people tell us. It's up to the public to decide what's the truth. Media, Journalism & The Press
When [Lyndon B.] Johnson wanted to persuade you of something, when you got the "Johnson treatment," you really felt as if a St. Bernard had licked your face for an hour, had pawed you all over. Oratory, Discussion & Debate