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Walter Cronkite Gravely Ill
TVNewser.com ^ | June 18, 2009 | None

Posted on 06/18/2009 2:36:23 PM PDT by Beaten Valve

TVNewser has learned legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, 92, who once held the title of "Most Trusted Man in America," is said to be gravely ill, according to multiple CBS News sources. The network began updating his obituary more than a week ago, a source adds.

CBS News executive Linda Mason, designated to speak on Cronkite's behalf, had no comment.

The avuncular Cronkite anchored "CBS Evening News" for 19 years, until 1981, when he was forced to retire. Dan Rather was named his successor. Cronkite maintained an office at CBS, where he was a special correspondent.

A native of St. Joseph, Mo., Cronkite made his mark as a World War II correspondent for United Press. He joined CBS in 1950 as a Washington correspondent. In 1962, he was named anchor of "CBS Evening News," then 15 minutes in length. The following year, it became network TV's first 30'minute weeknight newscast.

Cronkite's nightly sign-off -- "And that's the way it is..." - became part of the popular lexicon, and his gravelly voice was instantly recognizable. During his tenure, he led "Evening News" to first place in the Nielsen ratings.

Cronkite returned to "Evening News," in a manner of speaking, in September 2006, when he recorded the opening to the newscast with new anchor Katie Couric.

In an interview with this reporter in 2006, Cronkite was asked if he ever thought about death.

"When you get to be 89, you have to think about it a little bit. It doesn't prey on me, and it doesn't keep me awake nights. Occasionally, when I'm upset about something else, I think, 'My gosh, I don't know if I should do this or that because I'm not sure I'll be here that long to enjoy it.'"


TOPICS: Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cbs; cronkite; elderly; ill; oldcommie
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One of a kind...
1 posted on 06/18/2009 2:36:23 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

No comment.


2 posted on 06/18/2009 2:37:49 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Beaten Valve

Yes, few people could lie and promote communism with the gravitas of Walter Cronkite.


3 posted on 06/18/2009 2:38:12 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Hope he makes peace with God. He’s not exactly one of my favorites.


4 posted on 06/18/2009 2:38:20 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant penguin on my Head")
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To: Beaten Valve

Thats the way it was.

It is appointed man once to die, and after that the judgement.


5 posted on 06/18/2009 2:38:58 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Beaten Valve; archy; Squantos; Jack Black; river rat

One of a kind COMMIE TRAITOR ONE WORLDER MOLE.

His greatest stunt was selling himself as “the most trusted voice in America,” when he was shilling for world govt. sub rosa all along, as he now freely admits.

Traitor bastard did more to lose the VN war for us than any other individual. LBJ quit when he heard Cronkite’s statement after Tet, about losing the war.

TRAITOR BASTARD, I’d piss on his grave.


6 posted on 06/18/2009 2:40:14 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Beaten Valve

When mommy warned us as little kids of the dangerous stranger I always pictured him


7 posted on 06/18/2009 2:40:43 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: skeeter

No comment as well.


8 posted on 06/18/2009 2:40:46 PM PDT by LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot ("If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied, we'll eat your mules up, sir"-Gen.Sherman)
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To: Beaten Valve

This man in my opinion actively worked to bring down the Republic. I will not be saddened by his death.


9 posted on 06/18/2009 2:41:28 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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To: Jewbacca

“Yes, few people could lie and promote communism with the gravitas of Walter Cronkite”

The bastard used his credibility to lose the Viet Nam war and make the sacrifice of millions of Americans meaningless.

He was the most successful of all communists moles.


10 posted on 06/18/2009 2:41:56 PM PDT by y6162 (uish..)
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To: skeeter

Ditto.


11 posted on 06/18/2009 2:42:15 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Palin/Bachman 2012: Conservative Viagra)
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To: Beaten Valve

When I was very young I thought he was wonderful. I’m sorry to hear that he is ill.


12 posted on 06/18/2009 2:42:40 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Beaten Valve

A couple of years ago AARP did a puff piece on the guy.

They had to admit that they were overwhelmed with criticism of the story. Most despised Uncle Walter in no uncertain terms.


13 posted on 06/18/2009 2:45:06 PM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Beaten Valve

I was working at the register at L.L. Bean many years ago and next customer? Walter Cronkite! He was very gracious and made some small talk about his sail up to Freeport. I engaged him a bit just to hear that voice that I heard so many times on my black and white. I liked him before and I’ve liked him since. Sorry...but I think he is a great American.


14 posted on 06/18/2009 2:45:37 PM PDT by wrighter
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To: All

He was a good broadcaster of the news, but a really really evil man outside of the 30 minute broadcasts.

God rest his soul, unless he didn’t believe in God, then may he have a place next to Pol Pot and Joey Stalin.


15 posted on 06/18/2009 2:45:51 PM PDT by DJ Republica (Sarah Palin is my commander-in-chief. Obama can go to hell.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Sounds like he’s going to have a lot to answer for soon enough....


16 posted on 06/18/2009 2:46:01 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Beaten Valve

anti-American leftist scum.

I thought he died years ago??


17 posted on 06/18/2009 2:46:09 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Beaten Valve

As far as I am concerned, the sooner the bastard dies, the better. The only tears that I shed will be tears of joy. My mourning is for the decent individuals that he caused to get killed.


18 posted on 06/18/2009 2:47:15 PM PDT by sport
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To: Beaten Valve

If the North Vietnamese had not had Cronkite on their side the war there would have ended on a much more pro-American note.


19 posted on 06/18/2009 2:48:03 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Beaten Valve

“And that’s the way it was....”


20 posted on 06/18/2009 2:49:14 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Beaten Valve
Cronkite Gravely Ill

Is that a news report, or a definition?

(IIRC, the name Cronkite is derived from the German for "poor health.")

21 posted on 06/18/2009 2:49:20 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Beaten Valve

Many americans were gravely ill listening to his broadcast every night blaming America for the worlds troubles. He has had so many pick up his torch and carry it even further.


22 posted on 06/18/2009 2:49:49 PM PDT by VicVega (Join Jihad, get captured by the US and resettled in the best places in the world. I love the USA)
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To: Travis McGee

“His greatest stunt was selling himself as “the most trusted voice in America,””

I don’t recall that being his ‘petard’. Think it to have been an early network exploitation experiment.

Regardless, may he rot in communication hell.


23 posted on 06/18/2009 2:50:49 PM PDT by This_far
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To: Beaten Valve

And what he did with that trust!


24 posted on 06/18/2009 2:51:48 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("I've conquered my goddam willpower." Don Marquis)
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To: Beaten Valve

The Russian tv stations are playing classical music


25 posted on 06/18/2009 2:52:03 PM PDT by Lexington Green (By any means necessary....)
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To: Beaten Valve

He’s got 3 million dead Cambodians to answer for.

Set the country back probably 100 years. Without Walter, there’s no Dan Rather. Probably no Jimmy Carter. Probably no Obama.


26 posted on 06/18/2009 2:52:48 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Beaten Valve

Prayers for the seditious one who declared the TET victory a smashing defeat because the Viet Cong breached the U.S. embassy compound in Saigon.


27 posted on 06/18/2009 2:53:20 PM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: Beaten Valve
The moment this newsreader passes, I'll have to turn off my television for a week.

I will not be able to stomach the endlessly fawning crapola that will spew forth from the circle jerk of liberal love that is our media.

28 posted on 06/18/2009 2:53:46 PM PDT by dead
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To: y6162
The bastard used his credibility to lose the Viet Nam war and make the sacrifice of millions of Americans meaningless. He was the most successful of all communists moles.

Not by a long shot. That "honor" (sic) goes to the current resident of 1600 PA Ave.

29 posted on 06/18/2009 2:55:09 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Lexington Green

The Russian tv stations are playing classical music

LOL!

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard that classic phrase.
You must be a least as old as me.


30 posted on 06/18/2009 2:56:27 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: AD from SpringBay

“If the North Vietnamese had not had Cronkite on their side the war there would have ended on a much more pro-American note.”

Yep. Cronkite single-handedly turned the US crushing of VC during the Tet Offensive into a defeat, just by the lies of his sonorious voice.

Yes, he was charming. Handsome. Friendly. All the better to spew his lies and venom.


31 posted on 06/18/2009 2:57:22 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Beaten Valve

old commie is ill...like I care.


32 posted on 06/18/2009 2:58:09 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: r9etb
(IIRC, the name Cronkite is derived from the German for "poor health.")

Yep.... I found this: "Kronkheit' is German for `unwell'".

33 posted on 06/18/2009 2:58:31 PM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: Beaten Valve

This man is a hero to broadcast media types. They think of him as a hero because for decades he got away with the stuff that today’s broadcast propagandists can only dream about. They try and they try to emulate him but they keep getting called out by bloggers and talk radio and it drives them nuts.

Cronkite did more real harm to the republic than all but a handful of people. His greatest harm came about because people believed him.


34 posted on 06/18/2009 2:58:39 PM PDT by scory
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To: Beaten Valve

Walter was second after Jane Fonda!


35 posted on 06/18/2009 2:58:41 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: Beaten Valve
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36 posted on 06/18/2009 2:59:14 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: Travis McGee
TRAITOR BASTARD, I’d piss on his grave.

I'm looking forward to doing just that. A lot of good men paid with their lives for what Cronkite did.

37 posted on 06/18/2009 2:59:56 PM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: Travis McGee

General William Westmoreland’s totally unrealistic assessment of the troop strength of the Viet Cong lost that war. At a critical juncture in the war he didn’t get it right and we paid for it subsequently with massive casualties.


38 posted on 06/18/2009 3:00:57 PM PDT by wrighter
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To: Beaten Valve

Prayers for him and his family. Hope he has made peace with himself and God for what he’s done. It’s amazing who the left will “Appoint” as trustworthy.....


39 posted on 06/18/2009 3:01:41 PM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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To: Beaten Valve

Prayers for him and his family. Hope he has made peace with himself and God for what he’s done. It’s amazing who the left will “Appoint” as trustworthy.....


40 posted on 06/18/2009 3:01:43 PM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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To: Beaten Valve

He’ll be lionized by the fawning press, however anyone under 40-45 will wonder what all the fuss is about. Half of America really has no concept of who Cronkite is. He’s been out of the limelight for 28 years.

Very different with entertainment stars such as Bob Hope, who was entertaining the troops when he was 90 and his movies still appeared on TV (admittedly not seen by many). But who has heard anything about Cronkite since ‘81 outside of his boat trip with Bill and Hillary?


41 posted on 06/18/2009 3:03:30 PM PDT by Cousin Eddie
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To: wrighter
Sorry...but I think he is a great American.

that's what is so great about our country.... you can think that and post it.

I'm thinking he's a great american like the rosenbergs, benedict arnold and jane fonda are great americans.

42 posted on 06/18/2009 3:03:44 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: Big Giant Head
Hope he makes peace with God. He’s not exactly one of my favorites.

True... but compared to what we have today . . . .

43 posted on 06/18/2009 3:04:05 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weight-lifting sessions each week and...)
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To: Travis McGee
LBJ quit when he heard Cronkite’s statement after Tet, about losing the war

Nixon, flawed though he may have been, was far better than LBJ. So I guess old Walt did us one favor...

44 posted on 06/18/2009 3:05:15 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: This_far

Even those of us who disagreed with his politics are tied to him through shared history. The high point was certainly the moon landing, the low point the assassination of JFK.


45 posted on 06/18/2009 3:06:28 PM PDT by RanGreHad
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To: Beaten Valve

No Comment...


46 posted on 06/18/2009 3:07:28 PM PDT by Palladin (David Letterman is a dirty old man.)
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To: Beaten Valve
Remember Captain From Castile? "God's love is a heavy burden. Pray for the soul of Diego de Silva."

Burden indeed. Lord, what you will....

47 posted on 06/18/2009 3:07:40 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: erman

Walter? Uncle Ho and Pol Pot are waiting in hell for you with open arms.


48 posted on 06/18/2009 3:07:59 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: wrighter; Travis McGee
"General William Westmoreland’s totally unrealistic assessment of the troop strength of the Viet Cong lost that war."

The Vietnam war was won without question when we pulled out. All that remained was the rebuilding and training phase. US casualties in Nam were less than 1/15 of the opposition's, and most of those casualties were the direct result of the reluctance to bomb Italian, Swedish, and Russian ships at Haiphong. our so called friends were supplying the weaponry that was killing our troops.

49 posted on 06/18/2009 3:08:14 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: Beaten Valve

When I was a kid and a little older, he was the one.
I remember when he announced that President Kennedy had died, and took off his glasses.
Gives me goose bumps to remember....


50 posted on 06/18/2009 3:10:51 PM PDT by La Enchiladita ("You ain't seen nuthin' yet!!," B. Hussein Obama, the 20th Hijacker)
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