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Walter Cronkite died Friday at age 92.

He was preceded in death by television journalism.

No doubt, Cronkite wore his opposition to the Vietnam War on his sleeve at times. But the extent of his liberal views wasn't really known until his retirement from the CBS News anchor slot he defined.

At least he aspired to an appearance of objectivity.

And that's more than you can say for today's TV news folk.

Today, if a news anchor were to sign off with "And that's the way it is," we'd have to wonder if it really is. Most TV news people don't even pretend to be objective anymore.

Recently -- and you've got to see the video to believe it -- a CNN anchor asked a reporter in Africa if Barack Obama's warm welcome there was unprecedented. He clearly wanted it to be. But no, the reporter said, George W. Bush was greeted just as excitedly.

The CNN anchor literally jumped in his chair in apparent disbelief. And there have been no recriminations, no discipline that anyone knows of. It's OK, in other words.

Again, at least Cronkite tried to be professional.

More than that, he was professorial. His fatherly way endeared him to all of America, as he shepherded viewers through crisis after crisis. He will be remembered most for the tender sadness in his announcement of President John F. Kennedy's death.

Cronkite, who took us to the moon and back, was a Sea of Tranquility on Earth, the nation's emcee in its most tumultuous decade since the Civil War, reporting on the Vietnam War, student unrest, the civil rights struggle and one tragic assassination after another. He was the wizard that Oz went to to make sense of it all.

Cronkite will be remembered as "the most trusted man in America."

We don't know who may succeed him in that role. But you can bet whoever it is, he doesn't sit in a news anchor's chair.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/21/09 - 05:18 am
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Cronkite was the epitome of

Cronkite was the epitome of professional in his chosen profession. Because of the evolution of the news business, his profession no longer exists.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/21/09 - 05:19 am
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I know the AC calling someone

I know the AC calling someone biased is the same as when Fox and MSNBC do it. It just makes you roll your eyes. How about this AC staff you guys lead my example and be unbiased.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/21/09 - 06:06 am
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concernednative, in what way

concernednative, in what way is your comment relevant to this editorial?

1957
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1957 07/21/09 - 06:15 am
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When I was a kid, if Walter

When I was a kid, if Walter Cronkite said it, or if Reader's Digest wrote it.... It was true.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/21/09 - 06:33 am
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One thing for sure he never

One thing for sure he never spewed RACISM and division, he just reported the news, he will truly be missed. These individuals will never in their life time come anywhere close to having a dignified broadcast career. KKKanity, Drugbaugh, Laura Ingraham, O'Reilly, Joe Scarbrough, Salvage, Dobbs, Beck and Huckabee. They spew racism and division DAILY.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/21/09 - 06:38 am
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News reporting was done by a

News reporting was done by a cabal of elites during Cronkite's era often in collusion with the government. Today news reporting in its myriad forms is more egalitarian & therefore more chaotic. I am not talking about the corporate news media. I am talking about a whole panoply of "new media" including blogs, Twitter, online publications & internet broadcasts. There is no single authority or "gold standard". Some accuracy is sacrificed for immediacy, but even during "the golden era" of TV news not everything was as it appeared to be including the objectivity of CBS News. CBS' top executive (Cronkite is not implicated in this) willingly allowed the CIA to use it good offices & the cover of "journalist" for CIA agents during the Cold War. Folks should read "The CIA and the Media" written in 1977 by Karl Bernstein (of Woodward & Bernstein Watergate fame) & published in Rolling Stone magazine. The CIA had a long history of using the media & CBS in particular as cover for their agents. Don't forget that the radical right blamed Cronkite & the media for losing the Vietnam war. The "we can't trust the liberal media" mantra led directly to "fair and balanced" FOX News for American suckers.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/21/09 - 07:10 am
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The news media has been used

The news media has been used by various groups over the past 7 decades. Since the '60s, the far left groups have controlled broadcast media. Their agenda oriented "reporting" went unchallenged until late in '96 when FOX NEWS CHANNEL went on the air to give a different perspective than the hard socialist views of CNN. The radicals that feel only CNN and NPR have the "truth" shining through their filter are offended by anything that shows what's really happening. Apparently America was ready for the unfiltered version of the truth. Now, CNN has lost 65% of its viewership and NYT has lost over 80% of its readership. It would seem those that STILL prefer the filtered version of the news may be the real suckers.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/21/09 - 07:43 am
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There is another dark, yet,

There is another dark, yet, truthful side to Cronkite that has not been mentioned. He spent two years in Moscow after WWII largely ignoring Soviet atrocities under Stalin and later when he ran CBS news, he ensured they took positions against American defense issues. He once said he would never be convinced of a Soviet threat while berating Ronald Reagan. Later in his life he supported many one world order projects. A new book out, TV and National Defense, states he was, "an active advocate of several national defense positions which were frequently critical of U.S. policy, and usually from a perspective that implied or called for a lesser military commitment and lower defense expenditures." What happened to him during his two years in Moscow?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/21/09 - 07:43 am
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patriciathomas, I discount

patriciathomas, I discount ALL corporate owned media as nonobjective. They pander to their audience with an eye on the bottom line. This includes CNN & NY Times. The NY Times in particular carried the Pentagon's water in the runup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The Pentagon played The Times like a fiddle. The reporters at the NY Times did not do their homework (Judith Miller in particular) & passed along U.S. government propaganda as truth. They did this in exchange for access to those in power & for "inside information". CNN & the NY Times are corporate entities. They are in the news BUSINESS. They are also part of the American Establishment. There are no independent, objective, investigative news reporting organizations. You can name any so-called "liberal" media you want, but they are all part of the Establishment (Newsweek, TIME, POLITICO, etc.). Obama is part of the Establishment. That's why he bailed out Wall Street instead of the little man who is hurting in America. The Establishment seeks to maintain the status quo of power elites. Obama's mistake is he cannot have both guns & butter. Military spending & endless wars doom this country economically. We NEED another Cronkite.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 07/21/09 - 07:57 am
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So many of our reporters and

So many of our reporters and news anchors today are nothing but "sheeple". They are so eager to make a name for themselves that they will do and say exactly as they are told.If one really wants to see liberalism at it's best, just watch The View on ABC. These women do not have a clue.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 07/21/09 - 08:15 am
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"It seems to many of us that

"It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace. To do that of course, we Americans would have to yield up some of our soveriegnty. That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order." Walter Cronkite

LaTwon
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LaTwon 07/21/09 - 08:19 am
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read about operation

read about operation mockingbird. msm is cia: heres a link,......
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mockingbird

LaTwon
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LaTwon 07/21/09 - 08:32 am
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how is your anti war

how is your anti war candidate working out cain? change.........
hahahhahhahhahaaaaa he is a full blown commie
yes we cant

Son of God
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Son of God 07/21/09 - 08:57 am
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May God bless the Cronkite

May God bless the Cronkite family and all who posted. Just as Walter Cronkint, Michael Jackson, Farran Fawcett, Mr. McNair, Tim Russard, and many others died recently, we, too must leave this earth. JESUS IS SOON TO COME. WILL WE BE READY?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/21/09 - 09:55 am
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Water is wet and fire is hot.

Water is wet and fire is hot.

cricketflea
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cricketflea 07/21/09 - 10:01 am
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Mr. Cronkite was the LAST

Mr. Cronkite was the LAST great newsman, even if he was a liberal. You didn't get his liberal views from his newscasts, you got NEWS, plain and simple. He reported the news. They just don't make Walter Cronkites anymore.....and that's the way it is.

Happy Camper 455
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Happy Camper 455 07/21/09 - 12:06 pm
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PT shut up. You always go on

PT shut up. You always go on threads spouting your political mumbo jumbo, even if it's regarding the death of someone, or something that has NOTHING to do with politics. You always turn it into a DEM of CON, thing. NO MATTER WHAT. 7:06am

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/21/09 - 12:11 pm
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Hey, I don't know about all

Hey, I don't know about all the religion here. We all know Eric Sevareid is what God actually looks like...not like Walter.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/21/09 - 01:48 pm
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I frankly am looking forward

I frankly am looking forward to the Coming of Jesus. I got a lot of questions to ask that young fellow. First one would be, "don't you and the Old Man get a lot of laughs watching the goings on from up there?"

jack
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jack 07/21/09 - 02:07 pm
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I remeber Cronkit'es lies and

I remeber Cronkit'es lies and half truths about Vietnam, especially TET, where he gave the anit-war crowd more ammo by giving the American public the idea that the North had won a victory during TET, which even NVA Gen Giap says was exactly the opposite. He was a leftist liar and may he rot in hell for the betrayal of our troops in Vietnam as well as the South Vietnamese people.

jack
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jack 07/21/09 - 02:11 pm
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KKKanity, Drugbaugh, Laura

KKKanity, Drugbaugh, Laura Ingraham, O'Reilly, Joe Scarbrough, Salvage, Dobbs, Beck and Huckabee. They spew racism and division DAILY.
Posted by jackfruitpaper833 on Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:33 AM....A blatant lie. Just how often do YOU watch Fox news, Hannity, O'Reilly (tops all the other channels combined) or rush Limbaugh's radio program? Specifics please or are you just blowing more bubbles in your nasty bath water? The only thing I can say FOR Cronkikte, is he did not like Dan Blather, the other lSeeBS liar.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/21/09 - 02:12 pm
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How does one rot in Hell with

How does one rot in Hell with all of the heat down there? I thought that in order to rot you had to have somewhat of a cool and moist environment.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/21/09 - 02:50 pm
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Just the other day I had the

Just the other day I had the most liberal fantasy, a threesome with Laura Ingram and Ann Coulter.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/21/09 - 02:53 pm
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And I'll say one thing for

And I'll say one thing for Roger Ailes, he knows how to hire the hot babes for Faux Noise. Schwing!

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mgroothand 07/21/09 - 02:54 pm
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While Cronkite may well

While Cronkite may well deserve all the accolades he's received, journalism was an honorable profession in his heyday and many a young journalist tried hard to emulate him. Many succeeded but that bloom was off the rose after Cronkite's pinnacle. Today we still have Andy Rooney albeit a bit more cantankerous and controversial. Far too many news media and their anchors must adhere to what sells and establish a reputation for that purpose, the true meaning of journalism is not even taught any more.

jack
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jack 07/21/09 - 03:21 pm
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How does one rot in Hell with

How does one rot in Hell with all of the heat down there? I thought that in order to rot you had to have somewhat of a cool and moist environment.
Posted by Niko Mahs on Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:12 PM...Niko, I realize you must be one of those uneducated union members, but there is rot even in the desert. As for Coulter and Ingrahm, you couldn't keep up with either of them let alone both.

jack
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jack 07/21/09 - 03:27 pm
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McGroot, I'll put Brit Hume

McGroot, I'll put Brit Hume or Chris Wallace up against Cronkite any time as far as jornalism goes but they will tell it like it REALLY is, unlike old lefty, Cronkite. I was sorry to see Hume retire/semi-retire.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/21/09 - 05:32 pm
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RainLover, sorry for your

RainLover, sorry for your confusion.(1:06pm) I try to write as simply as possible while making my point. Since my posts still incite you to blurt exclamatory platitudes, maybe you could have one of your really smart friends read and explain one of them to you. You may be surprised.

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Nammy3 07/21/09 - 05:35 pm
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Ignore her, she smells

Ignore her, she smells baaaaad! If we don't feed it, maybe it'll go away...and take it's stink with it?..lol.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 07/21/09 - 06:26 pm
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You know patriciathoms, you

You know patriciathoms, you comebacks are often funny and right on the mark. It does remind me of the "comeback" that Winston Churchill gave to his wife ( not known for her beauty). She apparently lashed into him for being somewhat inebriated during a party at their home. He came back to let her know that he had indeed had too much to drink. "But tomorrow morning I'll be sober and you'll still be ugly".

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