Walter Cronkite has died.

His health went downhill rapidly as I stated in June. He was 92. As I said last month, he was a great journalist. He called it as he saw it and I still hear his voice at the end of each newscast..

And that’s the way it is….

From the NYT today:

Mr. Cronkite anchored the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981, at a time when television became the dominant medium of the United States. He figuratively held the hand of the American public during the civil rights movement, the space race, the Vietnam war, and the impeachment of Richard Nixon. During his tenure, network newscasts were expanded to 30 minutes from 15.

“It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite,” Sean McManus, the president of CBS News, said in a statement. “More than just the best and most trusted anchor in history, he guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments. CBS has a great eulogy here.”

When the Chicago democratic convention turned to shit..he said so:

During the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Cronkite was anchoring the CBS network coverage as violence and protests occurred outside the convention, as well as scuffles inside the convention hall. When Dan Rather was punched to the floor (on camera) by security personnel, Cronkite commented, “I think we’ve got a bunch of thugs here, Dan.”

Yes they were thugs and yes Cronkite called it as he saw it. We have so few journalist’s with his type of honor these days..its very sad. He told me about Kennedy’s death and the death of Jack Ruby. He anchored the moonwalk for me as well as the civil rights movement. He was someone that told you the truth and I loved him for that. So few do it now these days with the birth of corporate media.

And it’s sad that he has left this earth..Rest in Peace sweet man, I adored you and you educated me like very few others did. I doubt I will see someone that rival’s you Mr. Cronkite. I am very sad today..but I hope you are talking up Edward R Murrow as I type this…

His editorial on the Tet Offensive can be watched here.

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Posted on July 17, 2009, in excellence in journalism, Walter Cronkite. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. He was one of the best. We are worse off now that he is gone.

  2. Yes we are worse off..The Corporate Media has a strangle hold on the news now.. 😦

  3. if walter cronkite had still been at the networks during the chimpy years, things would have been a lot different.  he would never have kowtowed to the powers that be.  we need more walter cronkites, but we will never see his like again.  good night, walter.  you will be missed.

  4. I agree Nonnie, he would never of kissed Chimpy's ass like the corporate media whores.

  5. I feel like my grandfather has just died. 😦

  6. Me too KZ. He told me about all the important events with a plain ole truthy-ness we don't find anymore. I remember his editorial on the Vietnam war. He rarely did those. He didn't pontificate, he just gave us the facts. :'(

  7. Wow, another famous person to leave. Walter (referred to as “Uncle Walt”) was a great man that knew how to deliver news. I wish these noobs nowadays had such skills. Prayers to Walter's family and friends. In his memory, for his fans I have collected some great sites and articles (more than 200) to know all about Walter Cronkite. If you are interested take a look at the below link

  8. cronkite was a true gentleman and a true patriot

    some other great walter

    showing up on Mary Tyle Moore Show
    shedding a tear of joy when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon
    and of course putting the final nail in Lyndon Johnson's coffin on 2/27/68 when he said Vietnam was hopeless

  9. DCap, I love your story over at KZ's blog about how you met him. 🙂

  10. Bah. We would've won Vietnam if it wasn't for this commie plant.

  11.     He was the voice of CBS. He was the average person, our voice in Vietnam, landing on the world, Watergate. To many of us he is our modern day history. He retired March 6, 1981 but his voice will never be silent. Me I still see him sailing. Obama said Walter was the news and I agree that he will be the voice and face of the news. “Sail on Walter Cronkite sail on” And That's the Way Cronkite Was

  12. Walter was a classic– read a clip that they argued with him about his closing line & that's the way it is….

    No way Walter would have stood for the garbage the likes of Faux Snooze puts out…..

    I remember how he choked up re the news of JFK's assassination. 

    You will be missed Walter!

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