Barbara Walters has spent decades as a journalist on television. She has tweeted a little over 400 times.
Yet it was on Twitter that the veteran broadcaster spread the word
that she would be retiring in 2014:
That link takes you to ABC News, yes, but the tweet—issued just minutes after the story was posted Sunday night—was what got the message out in a big way. The “Big news” post had been retweeted more than 525 times by Monday morning, when Walters was due to make her formal announcement on ABC’s “The View,” which she co-hosts.
The network says the 83-year-old journalist “will continue to anchor and report for ABC News, appear on ‘The View,’ and anchor specials throughout the year.”
In a fascinating
career spanning more than half a century, Walters hasn’t shied from sharing personal observations and accounts of her profession.
Here are 10 gems (and a bonus entry):
“The world may be full of fourth-rate writers, but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.”
“Don't confuse being stimulating with being blunt.”
“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna—or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.”
“I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.”
. “The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page usually records nothing but man's failures.”
“To not sing with an orchestra, to not be able to communicate through my voice, which I've done all my life, and not to be able to phrase lyrics and give people that kind of joy, I think I would be totally devastated.”
“To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling.”
“A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.”
“Because there are so many shows on and because I've been so hands-on—I've had a piece on almost every single week—I don't know how to cut back on that. You really can't.
“I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty.”
And simply because it was too good to pass up:
“I don't know about you, but I can never get enough David Letterman.”