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Why I donít mourn Walter Cronkite
The Virginian ^ | 7/18/2009 | Moneyrunner

Posted on 07/18/2009 6:14:28 AM PDT by moneyrunner

Walter Cronkite is dead and I extend my sympathy to this relatives and friends who grieve. As for me, I cannot find it in myself to mourn his passing. I watched his version of the news constantly, recalling his famous closing line “and that’s the way it is.” The problem is, as I learned later, that’s not the way it was.

Walter Cronkite was labeled ...“the most trusted man in America.” He, and many others, used that trust to create an aura around the news business that it has taken literally decades to reveal as a false front. At a time when information was one-way and media outlets were severely limited in number, the version of reality that was reflected by Walter Cronkite shaped public opinion so massively that opposing opinions stood no chance. That is why it was Walter Cronkite who ended America’s quest for victory in Viet Nam.

In mid-February, in the immediate aftermath of the Tet Offensive, both Gallup and Harris noted a surge in American support for the war. Both pollsters said 61% of Americans favored a stronger military response against the North Vietnamese Army. 70% of Americans favored increased bombing of North Vietnamese targets, which was up from 63% in the previous December.

Then came Cronkite's February 27 commentary.

In early March, just a few days later, 49% of Americans said it was a mistake to have entered the Vietnam conflict. Only 35% believed the war would end within two years. 69% now approved of a phased withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam.*

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TOPICS: Government; History; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: cronkite; liberalmedia
The political power Cronkite wielded was acknowledged not just by Lyndon Johnson - who effectively ceded control of America's war policy to a news commentator - but is acknowledged by his cohorts in the news business: It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite," CBS News president Sean McManus said in a statement. "More than just the best and most trusted anchor in history, he guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments." Repeat that in your mind: "He guided America." And employee of CBS news "guided America." This is not a brief for Lyndon Johnson or the literal crooks and clowns who inhabit the house and senate, but the power that Cronkite wielded over America is troubling to me.
1 posted on 07/18/2009 6:14:28 AM PDT by moneyrunner
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To: moneyrunner

A Founding Member of the Main Stream Media.


2 posted on 07/18/2009 6:18:55 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: moneyrunner

History is Written by men who would hang heros

Cronkite was a history writer how many men hung because of his socialist views ?


3 posted on 07/18/2009 6:19:24 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to ... remain silent.)
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To: moneyrunner
I HATE the new phrase "It is what it is"

I just figured out, with your article, why I hate it so much.

Cronkite's jingle “and that’s the way it is" was used to kill any other opinion or viewpoint, he was the "truth sage" to many viewers. He definitely wasn't.

4 posted on 07/18/2009 6:20:45 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: moneyrunner

I could not agree with you more.

Listening to Cronkite is like listening to the Kenyan of Jim Jones.

The weak minded people who follow them are the liberal fodder.


5 posted on 07/18/2009 6:26:44 AM PDT by 2ndClassCitizen (Never trust the newsmedia!)
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To: samtheman
Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America” because Rush and FreeRepublic weren't around. It was, in some way the golden age for the MSM because Americans got their news from CBSNBCABC and their local newspaper. It was much easier to keep a lid on inconvenient facts that they didn't want to report.
6 posted on 07/18/2009 6:28:07 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: moneyrunner

The entire time he was the “unbiased” reporter of the news, Uncle Walter was an advocate of economic leveling to be accomplished by a tyrannical government. In other words, he was advocating the same kind of policies that drove the Soviets and the Red Chinese, in comforting yet authoritative tones. An American, he covered the Vietnam War from the perspective of Ho Chi Minh and Mao, and what he said was taken as gospel. QDEP, but I do not look back on this career gratefully. What is sad is that it was years before the country was told what he was up to.


8 posted on 07/18/2009 6:29:48 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: moneyrunner

Cronkite declared the war lost several months before I entered Navy flight training. The loathing we felt for this traitor was deep and wide. It still is.


9 posted on 07/18/2009 6:41:16 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: La Lydia
The entire time he was the “unbiased” reporter of the news, Uncle Walter was an advocate of economic leveling to be accomplished by a tyrannical government.

Then, once off the set, he'd go sailing on his multi-million dollar yacht and return to his Martha's Vineyard mansion. What a bum.

10 posted on 07/18/2009 6:43:10 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: moneyrunner

Cronkite deserved a Walter Duranty award for his reporting.


11 posted on 07/18/2009 6:44:06 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: moneyrunner

I completely agree. If for no other reason, and there are plenty,than the praise heaped on him by Barack Obama. Cronkite did as much to tear down America in his time as Obama is doing now. It is no wonder that he was so greatly admired by leftists.


12 posted on 07/18/2009 6:44:29 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: Baynative
Yeah I lost a lot of respect for Cronkite when he supported that scum bag Bill Clinton right in the middle of impeachment.


13 posted on 07/18/2009 6:45:02 AM PDT by McGruff (Paid for by Fred Robinson / Jim Thompson 2012)
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To: La Lydia
In honor of the memory of Walter Cronkite, I would like to post this tribute to his mentor FDR:

Rejected

A stranger stood at the gate of Hell
And the Devil himself answered the bell
He looked him over from head to toe
And said “My friend, I’d like to know
What you have done in the line of sin
To entitle you to come within?”
Then Franklin D. with his usual guile
Stepped forth and flashed his toothy smile.
“When I took over in ’33,
A nation’s faith was mine”, said he
“I promised this and I promised that,
And I calmed them down with a fireside chat.
I spent their money on fishing trips
And I fished from the decks of their battleships.
I gave them jobs on the WPA
Then raised their taxes and took it away.
I raised their wages – then closed their shops,
I killed their pigs and buried their crops.
I double-crossed both young and old
And still the folks my praises told.
I brought back beer and what do you think?
I taxed it so high they couldn’t drink.
I furnished money with good loans
When they missed a payment I took their homes.
When I wanted to punish people, you know,
I put my wife on the radio.
I paid them to let their farms lie still
And imported foodstuffs from Brazil.
And curtailed crops when I felt mean
And shipped in corn from the Argentine.
When they started to worry, stew and fret,
I’d get them to chanting the alphabet.
With the AAA and the NLB
The WPA and the CCC.
With these many units I got their goats
And still I crammed it down their throats
While the taxpayers chewed their fingernails.
When the organizers needed dough
I signed up plants for the CIO.
I ruined their jobs and I ruined their health
And I put the screws on the rich man’s wealth.
And some who couldn’t stand the gaff
Would call me up and how I’d laugh!
When they got too hot on certain things
I’d pack up and head for Warm Springs.
I ruined their country, their homes, and then
Laid the blame on the ‘nine old men’.”
Now Franklin talked both long and loud
And the Devil stood with his head bowed.
At last he said “Let’s make it clear,
You’ll have to move, you can’t stay here.
For once you’ve mingled with this mob
I’ll have to hunt myself a job.”

14 posted on 07/18/2009 6:45:36 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: moneyrunner

After the fall of the Soviet Union, and a lot of the old KGB records came to light, did Wally show up on any of their payroll lists?


15 posted on 07/18/2009 6:47:48 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: fhayek

“because Rush and FreeRepublic weren’t around...”

Well said. When I was growing up (60’s and 70’s) we only had 3 channels on TV. Also, IIRC, it never really occurred to most people that the News people would lie to us. If Cronkite, Huntley or Brinkley said it - it was assumed they were telling the truth, and being fair in their reporting.—JM


16 posted on 07/18/2009 6:52:30 AM PDT by Jubal Madison (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Baynative

17 posted on 07/18/2009 6:58:03 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom King of sarcasim)
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To: samtheman

So this lying leftist phony finally hit the silk, huh. GOOD!


19 posted on 07/18/2009 7:13:29 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: libertarian27

I HATE the new phrase “It is what it is”

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Used by the same people who say about the current situation: “I can’t change what is happening around me; I can only change my reaction to it.”

Spare me.


21 posted on 07/18/2009 7:18:51 AM PDT by JavaJumpy (Go get 'em, Sarah! http://www.howobamagotelected.com)
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To: moneyrunner

Excellent article.


22 posted on 07/18/2009 7:21:13 AM 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: moneyrunner
Couple of thoughts. As we all know, any story involving a newsman is the biggest story ever. They just can't help glorifying one of their own. If a soldier dies in Iraq, ho-hum. But if a reporter dies it will be huge.

Anyway, last night on my way home from work I heard the top of the hour news from CNN Radio. It went something like this: "From CNN radio, I'm Paul Chambers. Walter Cronkite has passed away, a man who inspired generations of news journalists who want to be just like him, myself included."

Only the death of one of their demi-gods can get news journalists to break character like that.

Also, this morning I read the Wikipedia article on Cronkite. Talk about hijacked by the left. In a way, the article is a fitting tribute to Cronkite: withholding facts and editorializing while deceitfully maintaining a mask of objectivity. Unfortunately, if America's youth reads Wikipedia to learn about Cronkite, they will not be learning the truth about the man.
23 posted on 07/18/2009 7:21:50 AM PDT by mbs6
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To: Jubal Madison

My father-in-law was onto them...but we all thought he was wrong at the time. When the news would come on he would rant about liars telling lies and calling it news. Called them lying S.O.B.s, said Cronkite was a communist - very colorful rants about the news anchors and idiots that believed them. He was ahead of his time, but then that man was with Patton in WWII and not easily fooled.


24 posted on 07/18/2009 7:30:33 AM PDT by Tammy8 (Please Support & pray for our Troops; they serve us every day. Veterans are heroes not terrorists!)
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To: samtheman

And its doctrine of sedition and treason.


25 posted on 07/18/2009 7:41:51 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Tammy8

And who got Walter his gig? Edward R. Murrow. One of the original communist reporters.

Ever notice all these guys supported WWII? I guess because a socialist was president at the time.


26 posted on 07/18/2009 7:44:49 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( I hate all politicians. Including republicans.)
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To: Tammy8

Well said Tammy,my dad served with Patton as well,and he
was proud to have even tho he came home 97% disabled.

He felt the same way about `ol Uncle Walter

I`ll not mourn his passing


27 posted on 07/18/2009 7:46:28 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Terry Mross

The time will come when these traitors will be exposed for what they are. The Obamanistas think that by breaking the American economy they will usher in revolution followed by a worker’s paradise. I think that it will cause America to turn on this ‘fifth column’ and remove it root, tree, and branch.


28 posted on 07/18/2009 7:55:24 AM PDT by WMarshal (Where is the next Sam Adams?)
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To: Vigilanteman

Walter was a no good, lying, shit. I’m sure he is in a very warm place now.

Walter, mocking God was not a good idea.


29 posted on 07/18/2009 8:04:39 AM PDT by Rumplemeyer
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To: WMarshal

I’m hoping this at least gets the representatives in Austin, Texas to seceed. I doubt it but I can dream.


30 posted on 07/18/2009 8:10:00 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( I hate all politicians. Including republicans.)
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To: Terry Mross

I’m dreaming with you - have Corpus real estate sites on my faves list...


31 posted on 07/18/2009 8:17:42 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: moneyrunner
I was shocked to hear about Cronkite's passing last night.

I thought he had died a long time ago. Seriously.

32 posted on 07/18/2009 8:24:25 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: moneyrunner

I cannot forgive the deliberate propaganda now being run for Obama’s administration by the ABCNNBCBS.


33 posted on 07/18/2009 8:38:35 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: moneyrunner

Thank you so much for posting this TRUTH!


34 posted on 07/18/2009 9:16:13 AM PDT by Pagey (B. Hussein Obama has no experience running anything, except his pedestrian mouth.)
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To: moneyrunner
I watched his version of the news constantly, recalling his famous closing line “and that’s the way it is.” The problem is, as I learned later, that’s not the way it was.

The problem was, too many people DID believe him, because they were expecting TRUTH from the nightly news, and he exploited that.

35 posted on 07/18/2009 10:43:11 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: mbs6
Unfortunately, if America's youth reads Wikipedia to learn about Cronkite, they will not be learning the truth about the man.

Heh, I probably just scandalized my 45 year old nephew, and his friends, when I gave my opinion of Walter Crankcase, as a response to his Facebook comment lamenting his death.

36 posted on 07/18/2009 10:47:03 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: moneyrunner

>>>> CBS News president Sean McManus said in a statement. “More than just the best and most trusted anchor in history, he guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments.” <<<<<

The public onanism of the media is disgusting and socially perverted.

I mean that literally. They revel in their self-centeredness, monumental self-delusion, is sickening underserved self-importance. Yet they trumpet the wonderfulness of themselves without pause or shame. That’s what I mean by “perverted.”


37 posted on 07/18/2009 10:59:11 AM PDT by angkor
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To: Jubal Madison
"3 channels"

Remember back in the fifties and sixties the alphabets weren't quite so egregiously in the lib camp although they certainly leaned that way. Chet Huntley was a conservative as was Howard K. Smith the anchor at ABC for a number of years. Cronkite completely gave the game away after he retired. About ten years ago he gave an interview where he said global government is a certainty as if he looked forward to it.

38 posted on 07/18/2009 11:40:41 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: Jubal Madison
"3 channels"

Remember back in the fifties and sixties the alphabets weren't quite so egregiously in the lib camp although they certainly leaned that way. Chet Huntley was a conservative as was Howard K. Smith the anchor at ABC for a number of years. Cronkite completely gave the game away after he retired. About ten years ago he gave an interview where he said global government is a certainty as if he looked forward to it.

39 posted on 07/18/2009 11:41:23 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: Tammy8
Tammy8,

My experience is like yours. The difference was that the person who called the MSM a bunch of liars was a very pretty young woman. I thought she was nuts. Now I know that I was the one who was deceived.

40 posted on 07/18/2009 1:20:46 PM PDT by moneyrunner (I have not flattered its rank breath, nor bowed to its idolatries a patient knee.)
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To: mbs6
I read the Wikipedia article on Cronkite. Talk about hijacked by the left. In a way, the article is a fitting tribute to Cronkite: withholding facts and editorializing while deceitfully maintaining a mask of objectivity. Unfortunately, if America's youth reads Wikipedia to learn about Cronkite, they will not be learning the truth about the man.
Wikipedia is a member of the MSM, neither more nor less. It is reliable, pretty much, where the subject matter has no political implications - say, an article about computers or such.

But you must always be alert for the possibility of political implications, and judge the reliability of the article accordingly. Just as with The New York Times.


41 posted on 07/18/2009 4:18:08 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The conceit of journalistic objectivity is profoundly subversive of democratic principle.)
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To: Tammy8

I remember several years ago I was watching TV with my then 87 year old Grandma and Walter was on some special she muted the television and gave Walter the finger and called a lying commie son of a btch.


42 posted on 07/18/2009 5:12:54 PM PDT by CurlyQ
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