The day the news died


Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, has died at age 92.

Remember a time when you’d watch the news on TV, and just, well, believed it? I do.


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    WatchmanOnTheWall spews:

    He was an American icon and a pioneer in the news industry,I am sure he will be missed by those closest to him,
    Rest In Peace Walter Cronkite.

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    Daddy Love spews:

    I can’t say I spent a lot of time watching the man read the news or following his career. I actually watched the top-rated NBC Evening News with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley until NBC started monkeying with it so much I abandoned them for ABC News and Frank Reynolds and Howard K. Smith (about the time Huntley retired).

    I did watch Cronkite’s newscasts during the Kennedy Assasination, and he was very, very good. Why I was not aware of his trek to Vietnam and subsequent pronouncement that the war was “unwinnable” (whatever “winning” would even mean) I don’t know, but as I said I was not really following him. Many people believe that “Uncle Walter” and his reporting legitimized opposition to that ridiculous and senseless war.

    However, even I was well aware of his stature both in the industry and American culture. He was revered by the public for both his gravitas, his reputation for reliability, and for his depth of feeling (watching his obvious joy when men walked on the moon was really delightful). He was revered in the business as the premier WWII correspondent that he was, as a television news pioneer, and for his reputation for accuracy and depth in his broadcast journalism.

    He all but created the role of news anchor, his reporting was always crisp, accurate, and credible. He was married to the same woman for 65 years. He was a giant who seemed instead like one of the family, and he shared the happiest and most tragic events of America’s incredibly turbulent second half of the years of the 20th century. I wish that today’s fluff-and-gossip reporters were more like him. Good job, Walt.

    And that’s the way it is.

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    YLB spews:

    1 – Wow. Now there’s a moment of weakness. Cronkite was a member of the detested emmesseemm who turned America against her holy crusade in Vietnam.

    If only, if only it weren’t for the emm ess emmm!!!! We’d a whipped the commies!!!

    I’d think every wingnut worth his salt would be dancing in the streets right now! At a “tea party” – most def…

    Back on topic – Walter Cronkite – RIP. I remember my dad curled up every evening in front of the tube trying to make sense of this crazy world with Cronkite as a guide. And I was there with him curled up at crook of his leg like my son has carried on with me. That’s the way it was. Thanks.