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David Broder, Prized Political Writer, Dead at 81
David Hope
Mar 9, 2011, 13:05

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David Broder was one of the most influential and admired reporters in the political landscape of America. Today, the world learned of his death at the age of 81 after losing a battle with the complications of diabetes.

A Pulitzer Prize winning writer and political editor, Broder earned his notoriety for his coverage of the Watergate Scandal during President Nixon's administration. From that moment forward, David Broder was an admired and often sought after political columnist.

When he received his Pulitzer, Broder said, "Instead of promising "All the News That's Fit to Print", I would like to see us say - over and over, until the point has been made - that the newspaper that drops on your doorstep is a partial, hasty, incomplete, inevitably somewhat flawed and inaccurate rendering of some of the things we have heard about in the past twenty-four hours - distorted, despite our best efforts to eliminate gross bias, by the very process of compression that makes it possible for you to lift it from the doorstep and read it in about an hour. If we labeled the product accurately, then we could immediately add: But it's the best we could do under the circumstances, and we will be back tomorrow with a corrected and updated version."

Many television viewers of NBC's hit series, "Meet the Press," became familiar with David Broder as he made more than 400 appearances on the program throughout his career.

One of the most admired qualities of Broder was that he continued to report in a truly neutral stance - never once labeling himself as a liberal or conservative.

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