And I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.
I leave CNN with the utmost respect, love and admiration for the company and everyone who works here. This has been my family and shared endeavor for the past 27 years, and I am forever grateful and proud of all that we have accomplished.
Because if we the storytellers don't do this, then the bad people will win.
We hear foreign accents on CNN. It's crazy, it's wild, who knows, maybe they'll take you because you certainly don't fit in, in the American spectrum of news.
We were thrilled and we were privileged to be part of a revolution, because make no mistake about it, Ted Turner changed the world with CNN.
But 17 years ago, I arrived at CNN with a suitcase, with my bicycle, and with about 100 dollars.
Yes, you are running businesses, and yes, we understand and accept that, but surely there must be a level beyond which profit from news is simply indecent.
If we have no respect for our viewers, then how can we have any respect for ourselves and what we do?
We do it because we're committed, because we're believers.
I have spent the past ten years in just about every war zone there was.
They take journalism really seriously because they know the force that it is and can be.
In emerging democracies like Russia, in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia, journalists play a vital role in civil society. In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies.
Here in the United States, our profession is much maligned, people simply don't trust or like journalists anymore and that's sad.
In Iran the whole reform and democracy movement has been based on the emerging free press.
What we do and say and show really matters.
'm thrilled to be joining the incredible team at ABC News. Being asked to anchor 'This Week' and the superb tradition started by David Brinkley, is a tremendous and rare honor, and I look forward to discussing the great domestic and international issues of the day.
U.S. soldiers, with whom I now have more than a passing acquaintance, joke that they track my movements in order to know where they will be deployed next.
And I really believe good journalism is good business.
I have always thought it morally unacceptable to kill stories, not to run stories, that people have risked their lives to get.
I'm not an American but I have always had the outsiders' respect for the American people and the American way.