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FBI files discuss Cronkite aiding Vietnam protesters! (FOIA info release)

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posted on May, 16 2010 @ 08:46 AM
Legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite allegedly collaborated with anti-Vietnam War activists in the 1960s, going so far as to offer advice on how to raise the public profile of protests and even pledging CBS News resources to help pull off events, according to FBI documents obtained by Yahoo! News.

The documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, say that in November 1969, Cronkite encouraged students at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., to invite Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie to address a protest they were planning near Cape Kennedy (now known as Cape Canaveral). Cronkite told the group's leader that Muskie would be nearby for a fundraiser on the day of the protest, and said that "CBS would rent [a] helicopter to take Muskie to and from site of rally," according to the documents.

The claims are contained in an FBI memo recounting a confidential informant's report on a November 1969 meeting of a Rollins College protest group called Youth for New America. The group was planning rallies near Cape Kennedy on Nov. 13 and 14 — the latter being day of the Apollo 12 launch from Cape Kennedy, which President Nixon would be attending — as part of a nationwide Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. That protest action culminated in a huge march on Washington on Nov. 15.

"[Redacted] told group he had been to CBS Channel Six in Orlando prior to meeting to speak to newsmen about Vietnam moratorium activities. [Redacted] related that while at TV station, Walter Cronkite, nationally known radio and television commentator, spoke to him by telephone for approximately forty five minutes and that Cronkite reportedly told [redacted] that CBS would have thirty six hours of coverage on Vietnam moratorium with 'open mike' to give demonstrators a chance to be heard. Cronkite noted, according to [redacted], that Senator Edmund Muskie would be in Orlando, Fla., November 13 instant for Democratic fund raising dinner. According to [redacted], Cronkite suggested that [redacted] attempt to Muskie to come [sic] to Cape Kennedy to speak at Kelly Park rally to be held November thirteen instant. Cronkite allegedly told [redacted] that CBS would rent helicopter to take Muskie to and from site of rally at Kelly Park."

The memo is included in 72 pages of FBI files pertaining to Cronkite that were recently released by the bureau. The FBI claimed late last year, two months after Cronkite's death in July 2009, that all its records on the newsman had been destroyed in 2007 — which raised suspicions that the FBI may have deliberately shredded embarrassing files on its surveillance of journalists during the Cold War. The new records appear to be from files that didn't focus specifically on Cronkite's activities but that included mentions of the newsman. Among the other incidents in the newly released documents are a 1966 criminal investigation into CBS News for allegedly airing obscene language during coverage of civil-rights unrest in Mississippi; applications for Cronkite and others to travel to Cuba and China; and surveillance files on subjects who met with or were interviewed by Cronkite.
A CBS News spokesman declined to comment.
Walter Cronkite broadcasting from the back of car


No wonder the modern day MSM considers him an icon and one who should be emulated! More proof the MSM creates news and is provoking news-with the thought to be enemy-back to the 1060's! I wonder what else will come out with the FOIA request? Can't wait to see.

The reporters must be taught that they can create strories and co-hort with people breaking the law. Way to go CBS. Now I don't look at Dan Rather so harshly. He was just doing things the way he was taught. lol Amazing.

Well, one thing for CBS-they are consistent.

Anyone out there remember the events around this time or this specific event noted in the memo/intel brief?

[edit on 5/16/2010 by anon72]

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 11:04 AM
Cronkite was protected by the PTB. He's an NWO traitor.

Cronkite: "Americans are going to have to give up some of their sovereignty to establish World Government" (watch the video)

[edit on 16-5-2010 by zzombie]

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 11:55 AM
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I never heard of that before. Wow. Great vid.

thank you.

I will have to look into him a bit more now.

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