David Brinkley

American journalist (1920–2003)

David McClure Brinkley (July 10, 1920June 11, 2003) was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997. From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC's top-rated nightly news program, The Huntley–Brinkley Report, with Chet Huntley and thereafter appeared as co-anchor or commentator on its successor, NBC Nightly News, through the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, Brinkley was host of the popular Sunday This Week with David Brinkley program and a top commentator on election-night coverage for ABC News. Over the course of his career, Brinkley received ten Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

David Brinkley in 1962


  • The one function that T.V. news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if it were.
    • as cited in One Man's America (2008), George F. Will, Random House, p. 118 (Chapter 15, Lingerie and Duct Tape) : ISBN 9780307407863
  • Washington, D.C. is a city filled with people who believe they are important.
    • as cited in Great Political Wit: laughing (almost) all the way to the White House (2000), Bob Dole, Random House, p. 89  : ISBN 0767906675
  • [Bill Clinton] has not a creative bone in his body. Therefore he is a bore and will always be a bore. [1]
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