In a 2003 interview Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine asked Walter Cronkite: "You have basically come out and said you’re a liberal. How do you respond when critics say, ‘Aha, I know reporters were liberal, and this is why the media is biased?’ "
To which Cronkite responded: "I do not consider a liberal necessarily to be a leftist. A liberal to me is one who–and it suits some of the dictionary definitions–is unbeholden to any specific belief or party or group or person, but makes up his or her mind on the basis of the facts and the presentation of those facts at the time. That defines what I am. I have never voted a party line. I vote on the individual and the issues."