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Walter Cronkite just died

Discussion in 'Historical Events & Figures' started by top gun, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. top gun

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    I was sorry to just see this breaking news... Walter Cronkite has died.

    Mr. Cronkite was a good & trusted reporter. I remember well him doing a lot to bring things forward about the war in Vietnam.

    He will be missed... Rest in Peace Walter.




     
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    Most of my generation grew up with the 'new invention' of the television media news broadcasts and along with that was the ever present voice of "Walter Cronkite"! He was the authentic news reporter!

    Based on the current standards of 'media talking heads' he would most likely not even be able to submit a video resume for a job...makes me wonder how many other really good newsmen/newswomen don't get the 'nod' for positions in front of the camera because they aren't 'pretty enough' for our viewing pleasure???
     
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    Two interesting historical things about Walter Cronkite.

    At one time, his audience was so large, and his image so credible, that a 1972 poll determined he was "THE MOST TRUSTED MAN IN AMERICA" - surpassing even the president, vice president, members of Congress and all other journalists. In a time of turmoil and mistrust, after Vietnam and Watergate, the title was a rare feat - and the label stuck.

    Secondly... and this is very interesting put in context with the above feelings of the country. Walter Cronkite at many times during his career said... To be a good reporter you have to be a Liberal.:)

     
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    OMG...that will have the 'far right wing nuts' spinning into orbit :eek:...LMAO

    On 'Sunday Morning' there was a brief snippet about his memoirs and that they were donated to some college...I didn't catch what college but I would love to read those or find a copy/journal that has been printed up!!! I guess his true feelings about many of the political issues: Vietnam, Watergate, JFK, Robert Kennedy, MLK were very, very pointedly clearly worded {things that he wasn't able to say on the 'air'}...that would make an interesting read!
     
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    Yeh I was watching one of the stations covering his death (they all were) and someone that had worked with him was doing the voice over on one of those picture & old footage biographies on Cronkite's life. When the guy said... In the anchor chair Walter would play it straight down the middle but behind the scenes Walter would often say "to be a good reporter you have to be a Liberal."

    Good stuff huh?
     
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    That must be why almost all the news reporters are liberals...so they can be good.

    And here I thought to be good you had to set aside your bias and do objective reporting then let the viewer decide where to stand on each issue. What was I thinking!!

    :)
     
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    Hi Pan;).

    They didn't go into why he felt that way, just that he felt that way. It may have had something to do with big business and what President Eisenhower called the vast military industrial complex.

    These tend to try an thwart investigation and inquiry. Maybe he saw it as a good reporters job to break through and get the story.

    We have to keep this in context. A lot of his reporting was done during the Vietnam War. And government information about the progress of the war got very devious.

    I'll look into it. If I learn more as to why he felt that way I'll post.



    President Eisenhower

    ...Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
     
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    I remember hearing it stated that he was the 'brains behind' the original format for '60 Minutes'...but I'll be darned if I can remember where or what we were discussing that that comment came floating into the discussion. But it didn't surprise anyone at the time that Walter Cronkite would have felt excited about an hour long show that delved into the 'hidden corporate America'!!! That's what 'LIBERAL MEDIA' input gave us way back in the late 70's...the right to step outside of the 'mainstream government fed media hype' and we become 'FREE THINKERS' and research specialists!!! ;)
     
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