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Walter Cronkite - Best News Anchor Ever - Just Passed Away - RIP

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posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 10:31 AM
reply to post by Wimbly

You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about...bill o really couldn't hold a candle to Cronkite...just some more right wing piss and vinegar.

He was not just a reader flyersfan...he went to Vietnam to find out what was going on and his subsequent report to the nation is credited as a turning point in the public opinion of the one today has such influence.

To say he was just another left wing whatever as if that discredited him somehow is a crock of crap...the people trusted him to tell the truth and he did.

There is not a news person out there today who could even begin to fill his shoes...

...and they know it which is why they don't even try.

[edit on 18-7-2009 by grover]

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 10:44 AM

Originally posted by AdmiralX

Ah, no, he continued the lies of JFK's murder, as did all news agencies, and he is definitely one of the "elitist" who were in on it as he helped with the cover up. IF he were so honest, then he would have told the truth. I hope it tortures his soul forever that he, and others, sold out our country to globalists and foreign interests and allowed them to get away with it (covered up via THEIR 'NEWS' agencies). Not really a conspiracy topic, I don't feel badly at all.

Right on Admiral!

We have good reason to imagine how many times we were beaten by the shell game of this elitist con. An interesting aside on this NWO talking head is that his last name in the original German, "Krankheit", means sickness. He was an NWO insider, attended the Bohemian Grove and was the voice of the Grove's owl idol. Good journalism demands you party naked with the peeps you're covering, right? At least that's what I've always heard.

Listen carefully at the very start to the man introducing Cronkite. "World government is the structure necessary for global justice." I think he's quoting Cronkite here. And then skip to about 7 minutes in.

Ha ha, that Pat Robertson is delusional, talking about a New World Order under Jesus. Bwaaaa, ha, ha! Uncle Walt can tell you a thing or two about a New World Order and they're not waiting for the Messiah! Kindly Uncle Walter. Selling out America.

Inside Bohemian Grove

For those looking forward to a "New World Order", note that Arnold Schwarzenegger has attended Bohemian Grove shoulder to shoulder with the Bushes and Uncle Walt. 'Probably sat on his lap. Who would have guessed he'd be governor of "Kali-Fornia". A Hollywood lib in Republican clothes. (There's one party folks, the New World Party, been that way for decades.) California is the example of what they have in store for this entire nation. Bankruptcy and collapse at the hands of bad actors.

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 10:50 AM

Originally posted by contemplator
The contrast between Cronkite and "Fox and Friends" is staggering beyond belief. I wish I could say we've come a long way, but it's actually the exact opposite. Must have been depressing for him to witness news turn into such a useless circus of freaks.

"Circus of freaks"? He was the first ringmaster. He had to be more subtle in his tactics, America's been dumbed down to sound bites out of pretty faces. That you can contrast the two means you've watched F and F. Good, stay aware of what's being sold.

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 12:45 PM
reply to post by questioningall
I agree Mr. Cronkite was one of the best New Anchors ever. The guy seemed to be a very honorable human being.

May he rest in peace.

Walter Leland Cronkite was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on November 4, 1916, the only child of a dentist father and homemaker mother. When he was still young, his family moved to Texas. One day, he read an article in "Boys Life" magazine about the adventures of reporters working around the world - and young Cronkite was hooked. He began working on his high school newspaper and yearbook and, in 1933, he entered the University of Texas at Austin to study political science, economic and journalism. He never graduated. He took a part time job at the Houston Post, left college to do what he loved: report.

After working as a general assignment reporter for the Post and a sportscaster in Oklahoma City, Cronkite got a job in 1939 working for United Press. He went to Europe to cover World War II as part of the "Writing 69th," a group of reporters who found themselves covering some of the most important developments in the war, including the D-Day invasion, bombing missions over Germany, and later, the Nuremburg war trials. In 1940, he married Mary Elizabeth Maxwell - known as "Betsy" - and for the next six decades she was the dutiful reporter’s wife, enduring sometimes long separations while he covered the world, and raising three children. Cronkite once wrote about her: ''I attribute the longevity of our marriage to Betsy's extraordinary keen sense of humor, which saw us over many bumps (mostly of my making), and her tolerance, even support, for the uncertain schedule and wanderings of a newsman."

While working for the UP, Cronkite was offered a job at CBS by Edward R. Murrow - and he turned it down. He finally accepted a second offer in 1950, and stepped into the new medium of television. In the early '50s, it was a medium many of the "serious" journalists at CBS and elsewhere viewed with skepticism, if not disdain. Radio and print, they contended, were for real reporters; television was for actors or comedians.

At first, it seemed an unlikely fit. Walter Cronkite, with his serious demeanor and unpretentious style - honed by his years of unvarnished reporting at UP - was named host of "You Are There" in which key moments of history were recreated by actors. Cronkite was depicted on camera interviewing "Joan of Arc" or "Sigmund Freud." But somehow, he managed to make it believable.

The young director of the series, Sidney Lumet said he picked Cronkite for the job because "the premise of the series was so silly, so outrageous, that we needed somebody with the most American, homespun, warm ease about him."

During his early years at CBS, Cronkite was also named host of "The Morning Show" on CBS, where he was paired with a partner: a puppet named Charlemagne. But he distinguished himself with his coverage of the 1952 and 1956 political conventions and as narrator of the documentary series "Twentieth Century." In 1961, CBS named him the anchor of the "CBS Evening News" - a 15 minute news summary anchored for several years by Douglas Edwards.

At the time, the broadcast lived in the long shadow cast by NBC’s Huntley-Brinkley Report, the most popular television newscast in the country. Expectations for the Cronkite newscast were not high. But in 1963, the broadcast was expanded to 30 minutes - and Cronkite won a title for which he had long campaigned, Managing Editor. The added time gave the broadcast more depth and variety, and the title gave Cronkite more influence over the content and coverage.

And it came at a significant time. In September of that year, Cronkite launched the expanded program with an extended interview with President John F. Kennedy. Two months later, it was Cronkite who broke into the soap opera "As The World Turns" to announce that the president had been shot - and later to declare that he had been killed.

It was a defining moment for Cronkite, and for the country. His presence - in shirtsleeves, slowly removing his glasses to check the time and blink back tears - captured both the sense of shock, and the struggle for composure, that would consume America and the world over the next four days.

Cronkite’s audience began to grow - but not quickly enough for network executives who, in 1964, decided to try an anchor team at the conventions - Robert Trout and Roger Mudd - to rival Chet Huntley and David Brinkley at NBC. Cronkite was not happy about the change, and viewer reaction was swift. Over 11,000 letters poured in protesting the switch. Network executives never tried that again. In 1966, The CBS Evening News began to overtake the Huntley-Brinkley report in the ratings, and in 1967 it took the lead. It remained there until Cronkite’s retirement in 1981.

They were years filled with astonishing change - and indelible history. In 1968, Cronkite returned from visiting Vietnam and declared on television:"It seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is a stalemate." President Lyndon Johnson, on hearing that, reportedly said, "If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost America." Not long after, Johnson declared his intention not to run for re-election. That same year saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy - two more shocking moments that bound the country together through the medium of television. Once again, as he had five years earlier, Cronkite was the steadying force during a time of national sorrow.

"It's a kind of chemistry," former Johnson aide and CBS News commentator Bill Moyers once said. "The camera either sees you as part of the environment or it rejects you as an alien body, and Walter had 'it,' whatever 'it' was."

One of Cronkite’s enthusiasms was the space race. And in 1969, when America sent a man to the moon, he couldn’t contain himself. "Go baby, go!," he said, as Apollo XI took off. He ended up performing what critics described as"Walter to Walter" coverage of the mission - staying on the air for 27 of the 30 hours that Apollo XI took to complete its mission.

Cronkite even managed to have a surprising influence on world affairs. In 1977, he interviewed Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat, who told Cronkite that, if invited, he’d go to Jerusalem to meet with Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The move was unprecedented. The next day, Begin invited Sadat to Jerusalem for talks that eventually led to the Camp David accords and the Israeli-Egyptian treaty.

In 1981, Cronkite announced he would retire at the age of 65, to make way for a new anchor in the chair, Dan Rather. A commentator in the New Republic said it was like "George Washington leaving the dollar bill." There were so many requests for interviews, eventually all of them were turned down.

In retirement, Cronkite kept busy with other projects - a short-lived magazine program on CBS called "Walter Cronkite's Universe," a few documentaries, plus a seat on the CBS board of directors. He spent a considerable amount of time at his summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, sailing the boat he named for his wife, "The Betsy." And he wrote his autobiography, "A Reporter’s Life," published in 1996.

In 2005, Cronkite’s wife Betsy died after a battle with cancer. His two daughters and son survive him.

While Cronkite kept a lower profile in his later years, he did make a significant contribution to the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric": it is his voice that has been used during the opening of the broadcast since its debut in 2006, bridging generations and signifying the newscast’s strong link to its storied past.

As Cronkite said on March 6, 1981, concluding his final broadcast as anchorman: "Old anchormen, you see, don't fade away, they just keep coming back for more. And that's the way it is."

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 12:48 PM
reply to post by grover

To say he was just another left wing whatever as if that discredited him somehow is a crock of crap...the people trusted him to tell the truth and he did.

There is not a news person out there today who could even begin to fill his shoes...

...and they know it which is why they don't even try.


The current generation of "news people" are nothing more than cute Barb and Ken doll teleprompt readers. They read exactly what they are told to read and smile that phony smile.

None of them come close to Mr. Cronkite. He is a legend and a icon.


posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 12:50 PM
reply to post by Jakes51

In war nobody really wins.

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 01:22 PM

Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
reply to post by BaronVonGodzilla

A mere statement of fact and it is the last I'll have to say.

Thank you.

I really hope that is all you have to say.

Go create a thread about why you dislike him, don't come to the thread about his death and spew your garbage.

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 01:25 PM

Originally posted by Wimbly
He was basically a left wing Bill O'reilly. Yet, because he is a liberal he gets a pass on it. None of his reporting was objective and he always had an agenda.

That is such rubbish.

Bill O'Reilly is a SHILL.

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 02:10 PM

Originally posted by grover
He was not just a reader flyersfan...he went to Vietnam to find out what was going on ...

Read my post. I said he probably started out as a good reporter but then became nothing more than a news reader with an agenda.

However, there are some who think his early reporting was full of agenda as well. Blog of one such person here.

On CNN (Larry King) he accused Karl Rove of making UBL tapes.
No evidence. Just left wing agenda.

Cronkite just loooooooooved John Kerry and the Winter Soldier Lies .

Cronkite was not the 'best news anchor ever'.
He just got a great self promoting catch phrase stuck in everyone's mind.

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 02:15 PM
reply to post by AdmiralX

You are sick and disgust me.

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 02:20 PM
reply to post by prevenge

Come again?

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 02:59 PM
reply to post by FlyersFan

What you don't understand is that he was willing to publicly admit he was wrong...before he went to Vietnam he supported the whole bloody mess...after he came back his report to the nation was a beast of an entirely different was something that he did not have to do.

THAT takes character.

I am bloody sick and tired of the right whining all the time about liberal media figures especially when you consider the airwaves are dominated by conservative ones...

You guys just can't stand hearing someone with a different point of view than yours but for all your right wing talking heads on CNN and FOX and all the other stations...

There is not one who has the character and quality and class that Mr. Cronkite had.

No marketing firm gave him the title of most trusted man in America moniker...he was awarded it by the people via repeated polls.

I don't trust anyone in the media but Uncle Walter was a class act and a good and decent man.

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 04:41 PM
reply to post by prevenge

Interesting about the death numbers etc.

You should hang with Stander and Salty Red - they are TOTALLY into ALL numbers!

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 05:29 PM

Originally posted by phoenix103
reply to post by prevenge

Come again?

would you like me to re-type my entire post , or just recommend you re-read the original one?

I know it's hard.. but you can do it. I know you can.


posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 05:30 PM

Originally posted by ofhumandescent
reply to post by Jakes51

In war nobody really wins.

except the companies selling the weapons.. doing the experiments on civilians and soldiers etc...

posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 08:03 PM
Cronkite was the last of a generation of American journalism giants. There is something about those WW2 guys.

On September 17, 1944, Cronkite, embedded with the 101st Airborne division of the US Army, accompanied them on a daring behind the lines operation later immortalized in a movie called "A Bridge Too Far." The glider he was in landed a little rough, filling the air inside the craft with flying helmets. He tells the story:

A Bridge Too Far, Cornelius Ryan, p.184.

After landing I grabbed the first helmet I saw, my trusty musette bag with the Olivetti typewriter inside and began crawling toward the canal, which was the rendezvous point. When I looked back, I found a half a dozen guys crawling after me. It seems I had grabbed the wrong helmet. The one I wore had two neat stripes down the back indicating I was a lieutenant."

Another great was William L. Shirer, author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which, incidentally is a real masterpiece. He was embedded with the German army in 1940 (before America's entry into the war) as they rampaged through France, and was an eyewitness to the famous scene with Hitler outside the railway car where the French surrender was signed.

These people did a great job during their day. I don't think we have comparable people in our own time, at least not in the mainstream media. People who are taking on the tough issues, like Alex Jones and others, suffer from being excluded from the support system that added to the stature of people like Cronkite.

posted on Jul, 19 2009 @ 06:18 AM
reply to post by prevenge

I just saw unrelated gibberish. A count of the days between two unliked events.

Fail to see the point in what you said in any way.

posted on Jul, 21 2009 @ 09:17 PM
reply to post by Wimbly

Yeah, forget Gaza, the "Patriot Act" and other things taking our rights, banks getting money from their buddies Geithner and Summers (and others), forget the globalists about to move into checkmate position, forget all of that and lets talk about an evil man who was friends with a horribly evil man (LBJ). Lets forget all of this and talk about how well he LIED to everyone. He did not tell the truth, and is pathetic. I don't feel remorse at all. In fact, I feel a bit of satisfaction knowing somebody who helps the globalists died. I hope he saw his life before he was gone, and I don't hope it was quick and painless. He was LBJ's "Voice in the media" and they were butt buddies (look it up). So, TPTB used him as their VOICE so if you like that, keep it to yourself, go join some fan club, and keep it out of the news here (or "alternative" news I should say).

posted on Jul, 21 2009 @ 09:25 PM
reply to post by phoenix103

Sick and disgust you? Lol, good, go join your NWO buddies. Media has lied throughout history and ANYONE involved in the lies has NO HONOR, NO INTEGRITY. To take it further, read my other post. To simplify; I am glad he is gone. Now if only others would go the same way before they finish KILLING ALL OF US through food, lies, chemtrails etc. Not to forget the false flags, and how they torture, murder, rape, take whatever they want, lie, take our rights, take our privacy (read 4rth amendment and how it is noted; "CONGRESS SHALL PASS NO AMENDMENTS INFRINGING UPON THESE RIGHTS." Then we are here talking about a talking voice for the globalists with sorrow. He lived into his 90s, if you get cancer by 40, how will you feel? Or when your intestines bleed out, or you go blind, or go to sleep then wake up UNABLE TO WALK. Nice world he helped "report on" and I am supposed to feel sympathy? A guy spits in your face, LIES repeatedly, befriends "The powers that be" and only people who like him are delusional, or INSIDERS ON HERE TO SPREAD THEIR VENOM. I am truly glad he is dead.

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