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Kil
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Posted - 07/17/2009 :  19:14:10  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Walter Cronkite dies

… Cronkite's demeanor inspired the nickname "Uncle Walter" and when he signed off his newscasts by saying, "And that's the way it is," few doubted him.

During his years at the CBS anchor desk, Cronkite was regularly voted the "most trusted man in America" in opinion polls. Senator Robert Kennedy was so impressed he asked Cronkite to run for public office.

"I don't understand my impact or success," Cronkite once said. "That my delivery is straight, even dull at times, is probably a valid criticism. But I built my reputation on honest, straightforward reporting. To do anything else would be phony."

Writing in a blog on www.huffingtonpost.com in March 2006, Cronkite explained his signature "the way it is" signoff by saying: "To me, that encapsulates the newsman's highest ideal: to report the facts as he sees them, without regard for the consequences or controversy that may ensue."


I am old enough to still miss the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He was the last of the WWII journalists who were considered by many of us to be the most trusted newsmen in America. That was back when newsmen really were largely trusted, and for good reason. The networks still considered the news departments untouchable loss leaders and held them up as flagships representing the networks overall integrity.

How things have changed. Cronkite got out as the changes were taking place, only to show up here and there on one news special or another. He got out in time.

He and his peers showed us how it should be done. I mourn both the death of Walter Cronkite and the loss of a kind of television journalism that just doesn't exist today…



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marfknox
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Posted - 07/17/2009 :  19:54:29   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The really sad thing is that his death won't get nearly as much attention as Michael Jackson's. But I'm expecting some really wonderful obituaries.

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Dude
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Posted - 07/17/2009 :  21:47:36   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
He was the last real TV journalist.

Bummer.


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HalfMooner
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Posted - 07/18/2009 :  00:00:09   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As I was growing up, my family always watched Cronkite's CBS evening news. His tag-teaming competitors, such as Huntley and Brinkley, didn't hold a candle to him.

Walter Cronkite was never a mere talking head. He understood whatever he was reporting about, and even when his understanding did not affect the words he spoke, you could see that understanding in his expression. He did not hide his emotions, but reacted to news as Everyman did, if perhaps with more dignity.

Uncle Walter was everyone's favorite, wise old uncle. He didn't merely act the part. He really wanted us to understand what was happening on -- and beyond -- our planet. Now we have crap reporters who follow the corporate script, read their lines like C-list actors, bring us circuses but no bread, and pretend to care about the insignificant travails of Hollywood celebrities.

How I'll miss Walter.


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Chippewa
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Posted - 07/18/2009 :  00:34:07   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A great man. He was a real newsman. His reports made sense and he witnessed history with an awareness of relevance. He had a good sense of humor too.

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filthy
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Posted - 07/18/2009 :  01:16:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Beside Cronkite, today's journalists become as dwarfs in the presence of a giant. He was an example to aspire to.




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filthy
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Posted - 07/20/2009 :  10:45:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The rude Pundit, as always, has some succinct thoughts. I cannot say that I disagree....




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


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BigPapaSmurf
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Posted - 07/20/2009 :  12:15:34   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by filthy

Beside Cronkite, today's journalists become as dwarfs in the presence of a giant. He was an example to aspire to.






Way to insult dwarves, he makes them look like 5rd grade media students.

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