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http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/17/walter.cronkite.dead/index.html

Not exactly as shocking as Michael Jackson, but sad nonetheless.

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Pretty much the original "liberal biased" reporter, but I didn't realize that growing up. I missed Vietnam and was too young to hear about Watergate, so for me, he was simply 'the old guy who tells the news'. He may very well be the best newsman of my lifetime.
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The old man sure did hang on for a looooong time. The same day that Michael Jackson died (June 25, almost a month ago) I read that Walter Cronkite was on his death bed and his family did not expect him to recuperate. By all accounts there was a good probability he wouldn't even make it through the night.

His regular anchoring gig was completely before my time, so all I ever saw of him "live" was his special correspondent gigs, but I still appreciate him for what he was. I miss having guys like him, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, and Peter Jennings on the evening news. Then again, I get all my news these days from the internet, so I guess I wouldn't even know if a viable successor had stepped up to the throne.

RIP, big guy.

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There isn't. There was really only one guy I thought had the gravitas and credibility to pull it off and that, sadly, was Tim Russert.
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Pretty much the original "liberal biased" reporter, but I didn't realize that growing up. I missed Vietnam and was too young to hear about Watergate, so for me, he was simply 'the old guy who tells the news'. He may very well be the best newsman of my lifetime.


As you state Stagger, you missed Vietnam and Watergate. It isn't fair to tag "liberal bias" on him, even though he had reasonably liberal views. He was a reporter and pretty much disliked the talking head opinion tack that news has taken. He reported facts and seldom interjected opinion. That is why it was such a big deal when he spoke out after the Tet Offensive in 1968.

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    Originally posted by DrDirt
      Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Pretty much the original "liberal biased" reporter, but I didn't realize that growing up. I missed Vietnam and was too young to hear about Watergate, so for me, he was simply 'the old guy who tells the news'. He may very well be the best newsman of my lifetime.


    As you state Stagger, you missed Vietnam and Watergate. It isn't fair to tag "liberal bias" on him, even though he had reasonably liberal views. He was a reporter and pretty much disliked the talking head opinion tack that news has taken. He reported facts and seldom interjected opinion. That is why it was such a big deal when he spoke out after the Tet Offensive in 1968.

    (edited by DrDirt on 18.7.09 0841)

Agreed. And, everything since the about 1977 when I became aware enough to watch the news and somewhat comprehend what was being said, he reported in a way that was straightforward and comforting, which is why I said he's the best newsman of my lifetime. I didn't mean to disparage the man, sorry if it read that way.
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    Originally posted by DrDirt
      Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Pretty much the original "liberal biased" reporter, but I didn't realize that growing up. I missed Vietnam and was too young to hear about Watergate, so for me, he was simply 'the old guy who tells the news'. He may very well be the best newsman of my lifetime.


    As you state Stagger, you missed Vietnam and Watergate. It isn't fair to tag "liberal bias" on him, even though he had reasonably liberal views. He was a reporter and pretty much disliked the talking head opinion tack that news has taken. He reported facts and seldom interjected opinion. That is why it was such a big deal when he spoke out after the Tet Offensive in 1968.

    (edited by DrDirt on 18.7.09 0841)


When Walter Cronkite said it, it was the news. RIP.



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