And That’s the Way it Is

Walter Cronkite, who pioneered and then mastered the role of television news anchorman with such plain-spoken grace that he was called the most trusted man in America, died today at the age of 92.

Update: Rachel Maddow talks with Dan Rather about Cronkite’s passing and legacy.

Pathological Derangement Update: Ah yes, cue the hyenas of the Right.

11 Replies to “And That’s the Way it Is”

  1. I’ve been watching MSNBC when they announced it. It’s been amusing to say the least to listen to those who’s brand a journalism is so far removed from the Cronkite to talk about his influence. Although there have been a couple of the more senior anchors that have alluded to how far what passes for journalism today has strayed from Cronkite’s ideal.

  2. That’s the way it was – how true. It is no longer. The quality of journalism is so pathetic these days. He was partisan – registered independant. He angered both sides of the aisle at times.

    He was honest and direct and didn’t try to prove to you he had a flowery vocabulary.

    Today we’ve got the likes of O’Reilly and Hannity and 24/7 Michael Jackson or Anna Nichole Smith or any other celebrity nonsense.

    All we got today is “opinion” – partisan gotcha opinion. I could get that from my neighbour.

    I was watching the day Kennedy was shot. It was exam time when you only went to school to write your exams – instead of studying I was watching TV.

  3. I remember the day Kennedy was shot, vaguely but I saw a rerun of it a few years back, and Cronkite was quite an anchorman and extremely interesting…. I stayed up to see the landing on the moon, and Walter was great,…… he shall be missed.

  4. Strange with him going at this time so close to the 40th of the moon landing, but we notice coincidences like that when they don’t really mean anything.

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