Walter Cronkite Dies at 92

by Ryan on July 18, 2009

in Culture,Media,Media Bias,Politics,Pop Culture,The Iraq Front

Deemed “the most trusted man in America,” CBS-TV journalist icon Walter Cronkite died yesterday at the age of 92.  His long and storied career in journalism spanned from World War II though the 1980s.  As a relatively new medium with only a few channels, Cronkite’s presence on the tube when JFK, MLK, and RFK were assassinated, after the Tet Offensive, during Watergate, and the Iran Hostage Crisis made a real impact on people – you could trust him to bring you the news straight. 

Looking back from 2009, Cronkite was certainly liberal in his worldview and his sentiments, but he reflected and sometimes tried to shape the general attitude in the culture — America itself was generally more liberal back then anyway.  He left the CBS News anchor’s chair in 1981, after the Hostage Crisis and before the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.  In later years he kept busy in the business, ended up a John Kerry fan, came out against the Iraq War, and admitted his prejudices without saying they affected his work — maybe not consciously, but behind every premise in his reporting was the idea that Liberalism is the de facto correct position to take.

He was a man of his time, a trusted name in news for decades, and a TV icon who influenced and connected with millions of people throughout the many years he was with us on radio and TV.

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Spiff July 19, 2009 at 2:19 am

For anyone who thinks Walter Cronkite’s personal politics got in the way of his professionalism and patriotism, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpF6HwMVZUA&NR=1

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Bob Lovell July 26, 2009 at 12:28 am

I hate to say this, but I believe the blood of perhaps hundreds of thousands is on Mr. Cronkite’s hands as a result of his (deliberate) misreporting of the Tet offensive and sabotage of the anticommunist efforts in Vietnam. We will never know what would have happened had the media, led in that day by Cronkite, had sided with our troops instead of Ms. Fonda and her ilk.

In later years he admitted his globalist tendencies and his desire for America to give up some of its sovereignty in favor of world government (and, consequently, foreign taxation etc.).

I used to respect him in earlier years but was shocked when I learned about his political and worldview leanings. Which is more than I can say about his buddy Jimmy Carter. I never did respect him.

Condolences to Mr. Cronkite’s family in their loss. But the fact that the man has died does not change the virtue, or lack thereof, of his life.

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