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FBI Files: Walter Cronkite Collaborated With Anti-War Activists…
Weasel Zippers ^ | MAY 15, 2010 | ZIP

Posted on 05/15/2010 8:12:58 PM PDT by RobinMasters

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.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apollo12; cbs; cronkite; seebs; traitor
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1 posted on 05/15/2010 8:12:58 PM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93; traderrob6; OL Hickory; socialismisinsidious; trlambsr; Altera; ...

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2 posted on 05/15/2010 8:13:12 PM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

“The most trusted man in America” collaborated with anti-Vietnam War activists in the 1960s...


3 posted on 05/15/2010 8:13:43 PM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

4 posted on 05/15/2010 8:14:40 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 478 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: RobinMasters

and this is different from today how?

The MSM is the left. period.


5 posted on 05/15/2010 8:15:19 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: RobinMasters
Walter Cronkite aided and abetted the enemy?

I'm shocked, shocked, I tell ya!

6 posted on 05/15/2010 8:16:17 PM PDT by PROCON (RVN: 4-70/4-71 A Trp 1st Sqdn. 9th Cav. 1st Cavalry Div. (AM) Air Mobile Sir!)
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To: RobinMasters
Once again, the "so-called" right wing conservative Christian fanatics were right, exactly right.

They accused Cronkite of being the lefty which he most certainly was.

7 posted on 05/15/2010 8:19:02 PM PDT by Old Landmarks (No fear of man, none!)
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To: RobinMasters

File this under DUH.


8 posted on 05/15/2010 8:19:15 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: RobinMasters

Uncle Walter was a communist.


9 posted on 05/15/2010 8:20:20 PM PDT by FatherofFive (0bama is dangerous and must be stopped.)
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To: RobinMasters

And now we know why the FBI had a file on the commie rat bastard.What a POS.


10 posted on 05/15/2010 8:21:27 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: RobinMasters

No surprise.


11 posted on 05/15/2010 8:22:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: PROCON

He was nothing more or less than the propaganda minister for the enemy. The worst part is we were paying him but he was doing everything in his power to help the Viet Cong, North Vietnam, and any other communist nation on earth.

Good old Uncle Walter. Traitor and the cause of thousands of Americans to die in vain. One of those rare people that I simply hate.


12 posted on 05/15/2010 8:22:34 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: GeronL
and this is different from today how?

The MSM is the left. period.

My question is, are they in on the plan to destroy America, or are they just useful idiots?

13 posted on 05/15/2010 8:23:09 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: null and void

WOW!


14 posted on 05/15/2010 8:25:15 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: null and void

bttt


15 posted on 05/15/2010 8:25:34 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Travis McGee; Squantos; neverdem

This is pretty interesting.


16 posted on 05/15/2010 8:26:07 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: imahawk

And the FB-EYE has probably another one about Barry.


17 posted on 05/15/2010 8:27:03 PM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters
http://www.conservapedia.com/Vietnam_War#Media_Bias Media Bias

Charges of western media bias in favor of the Communist side have often been made by critics,[6] who see such alleged bias as being crucial in turning military victories by America into a loss of the war, much by means of propaganda. Underlying the importance of such is the often quoted exchange between Colonel Harry G. Summers, Jr. and his North Vietnamese counterpart, Colonel Tu. During one of his liaison trips to Hanoi, Colonel Harry told Tu, "You know, you never beat us on the battlefield," Colonel Tu responded, "That may be so, but it is also irrelevant."[7]

The success of the propaganda war has seemed enigmatic to many. “If there is to be an inquiry related to the Vietnam War, it should be into the reasons why enemy propaganda was so widespread in this country, and why the enemy was able to condition the public to such an extent that the best educated segments of our population (that is, media and university elite) gave credence to the most incredible allegations.” (Final Report - Chief of Military History - U.S. Government)

British "Encounter" journalist Robert Elegant stated,

For the first time in modern history, the outcome of a war was determined not on the battlefield but on the printed page and television screens - never before Vietnam had the collective policy of the media sought, by graphic and unremitting distortion, the victory of the enemies of the correspondents own side.[8]

Some journalists have admitted that their reporting was decidedly biased, and had profound effects on history. West German correspondent Uwe Siemon-Netto confessed, "Having covered the Viet Nam war over a period of five years for West German publications, I am now haunted by the role we journalists have played over there." In relation to not reporting the true nature of the Hanoi regime and its actions resulting from the American withdrawal, he asked,

What prompted us to make our readers believe that the Communists, once in power in all of Viet Nam, would behave benignly? What made us, first and foremost Anthony Lewis, belittle warnings by U.S. officials that a Communist victory would result in a massacre?... Are we journalists not in part responsible for the death of the tens of thousands who drowned? And are we not in part responsible for the hostile reception accorded to those who survive?...However, the media have been rather coy; they have not declared that they played a key role in the conflict. They have not proudly trumpeted Hanoi's repeated expressions of gratitude to the mass media of the non-Communist world, although Hanoi has indeed affirmed that it could not have won "without the Western press."[9]

CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite regularly carried news reports from its Moscow Bureau Chief, Bernard Redmont. When peace negotiations commenced with North Vietnam in Paris, Redmont became CBS News Paris Bureau Chief. What Redmont never reported during the ten year conflict was, Redmont had been a KGB operative since the 1930s, and member of the notorious Silvermaster group. [10] Redmont was the only journalist to whom his fellow Comintern party member, and North Vietnamese chief negotiator, Mai Van Bo, granted an interview to bring the Communist point of view into American living rooms in what has been called, "the living room war."

The most manifest example of such biased reporting is held to be the portrayal of the TET offensive, in which western media was charged with inspiring and aiding the propaganda war of the communists.

Truong Nhu Tang stated years later,

The Tet Offensive proved catastrophic to our plans. It is a major irony of the Vietnam War that our propaganda transformed this debacle into a brilliant victory. The truth was that Tet cost us half our forces. Our losses were so immense that we were unable to replace them with new recruits. (Truong Nhu Tang - Minister of Justice - Viet Cong Provisional Revolutionary Government - The New York Review, October 21, 1982)

In addition to his biased reporting, FBI documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act by Yahoo news, evidence that legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite 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 promising that CBS News would rent a helicopter to take liberal Senator Edmund Muskie to and from the site of an anti-war rally.[11]

18 posted on 05/15/2010 8:27:07 PM PDT by daniel1212 ("Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out " (Acts 3:19))
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To: FatherofFive

“Uncle Walter was a communist”

Up until the point when the discussion was about his money and not about yours. What a corrupt old b*stard!

Makes you really appreciate how difficult the Nixon victories in 68 and 72 were. God what Nixon had to deal with not only from the Democratic dirty tricks but also the MSM’s.


19 posted on 05/15/2010 8:29:17 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: RobinMasters

I’ll bet anything that this has been SOP for much of the Mediascum for the past 4 decades, helping to arrange the *news* as they want to cover it....

The problem is gathering more evidence since both the Mediascum and the leftist activists are interested parties.

I’d be very surprised if there were not hundreds or thousands of episodes of so-called “reporters” letting activists know both directly and indirectly what *events* would win most favorable attention from the propagandists of the Mediascum.


20 posted on 05/15/2010 8:29:48 PM PDT by Enchante (Dean Elena Kagan barred military recruiters from Harvard Law campus while Americans dies at war!!!!)
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To: RobinMasters

The blinders are off of most of America now.

We know that the msm is nothing but propagandist for the commie/fascist/socialist/dums.


21 posted on 05/15/2010 8:30:17 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: FreedomPoster

Uncle Walter, “the most trusted man in America,” was a globalist traitor.

Traitors should be hung by the neck.


22 posted on 05/15/2010 8:30:25 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: stayathomemom

Breitbart seems to think the media leads it, along with academics I guess.


23 posted on 05/15/2010 8:31:27 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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24 posted on 05/15/2010 8:31:49 PM PDT by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: RobinMasters

I never liked him because he seemed portentous.

As time went on, I liked him less and less. There’s no fool like an old fool.


25 posted on 05/15/2010 8:34:25 PM PDT by Melian (The two most common elements in the world are hydrogen and stupidity.)
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To: RobinMasters
No surprise here. Main stream media have always worked to subvert the very government that provides them with the freedom to print lies, distortions, and embellishments.
26 posted on 05/15/2010 8:35:11 PM PDT by reader25
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To: stayathomemom; Marty62

http://www.conservapedia.com/Liberal_bias


27 posted on 05/15/2010 8:36:37 PM PDT by daniel1212 ("Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out " (Acts 3:19))
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To: RobinMasters

We already knew that. It was very obvious to anyone with a grain of sense. He is the main reason I quit watching network news.


28 posted on 05/15/2010 8:40:16 PM PDT by MamaB (If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.)
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To: ETL; M. Espinola; Tailgunner Joe; brain bleeds red; Matt_Rel

PING


29 posted on 05/15/2010 8:40:35 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; IncPen

Some of IncPen’s finest work...


30 posted on 05/15/2010 8:40:43 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 478 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Old Landmarks

My father distrusted Cronkite.

Nixon said Walter was hardly the man trusted to be truthful.

Archie Bunker was right “pinko Cronkite”.


31 posted on 05/15/2010 8:43:28 PM PDT by ChiMark
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To: RobinMasters

Without a doubt.


33 posted on 05/15/2010 8:47:26 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: RobinMasters

I am really not surprised. At the time I lumped him in with Hanoi Jane and that bunch- it was pretty plain he was biased.


34 posted on 05/15/2010 8:49:01 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: RobinMasters
I remember him saying something about the war one night and my Dad throwing his shoe at the TV. I'm pretty sure it was the "Veitnam war cannnot be won" rant.

Dad was a Korean war vet.

35 posted on 05/15/2010 8:49:54 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: GeronL
>"Breitbart seems to think the media leads it, along with academics I guess."

Andrea Mitchell is one of their "leaders". Media in bed with Monetary. The two actual branches of power.

36 posted on 05/15/2010 8:52:17 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you, O you most proud, said the Lord God of hosts.)
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To: Interesting Times

Treason ping.


37 posted on 05/15/2010 8:54:52 PM PDT by zot
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To: stayathomemom
"My question is, are they in on the plan to destroy America, or are they just useful idiots? "

Yes

38 posted on 05/15/2010 8:59:10 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: RobinMasters
Walter Cronkite realized that power that he held over the public, and once he did, he used his powerful position to push his agenda on this country.

Cronkite is no better than Goebbels, at least in terms of being a propagandist. He should be held in shame by true Americans. The fact that the left celebrates him should be enough of a signal.

39 posted on 05/15/2010 9:00:46 PM PDT by Carling (I'm a neo-McCarthyite ... Obama is a Communist.)
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To: RobinMasters

Chronkite was and remains an avowed Communist.


40 posted on 05/15/2010 9:01:09 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Note to rigid ideologues: Your own point of view in a mirror is quite a limited window on the world.)
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To: stayathomemom
My question is, are they in on the plan to destroy America, or are they just useful idiots?

In on the plan. Given Chronkite's date of birth ((November 4, 1916), my guess he was in on the plan since at least the late 1930's.

41 posted on 05/15/2010 9:04:14 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Note to rigid ideologues: Your own point of view in a mirror is quite a limited window on the world.)
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To: null and void

We already knew which side Cronkite was on. What I find interesting is that CBS provided a helicopter to facilitate the creation of news.


42 posted on 05/15/2010 9:07:39 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: RobinMasters

Uncle Walter and the rest of Left can share responsibity for the three million people killed by the Communists in SE Asia after the fall of Saigon in April, 1975, as well as the boat people who died on the high seas trying to escape “Paradise”.


43 posted on 05/15/2010 9:10:15 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: RobinMasters

Yup! Cronkite was a real scumbag. A lot of American blood was shed in Vietnam, both before and after the horrendous evacuation of our embassy there.

Not one of the leftist vermin who played a role in the withdrawal ever mentioned that result of their efforts to end the war.


44 posted on 05/15/2010 9:38:37 PM PDT by SkipW
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To: RobinMasters

Cronkite was a liar and in my humble opinion, caused the deaths of many Americans in Vietnam. Someday I’d like to pee on his grave.


45 posted on 05/15/2010 9:41:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Politics is only about money and the power to control it. ALL of it!)
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To: SkipW
funny thing... Cronkite was a traitor, Charles Kuralt was a bigamist liar and Dan Rather was a freak fest liar... wow... I wonder what other turd will fall out of the skivvies when they die or get cast out.
46 posted on 05/15/2010 9:43:39 PM PDT by erman (Vote Republican or vote for the traitor's party- your choice.)
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To: RobinMasters

“The Most Trusted Man in America”

“Santa Claus”

“Easter Bunny”

“The moon is made of green cheese”


47 posted on 05/15/2010 9:46:51 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: stayathomemom; GeronL
and this is different from today, how?

The MSM is the left. period.

My question is, are they in on the plan to destroy America, or are they just useful idiots?
"The MSM" is the heritage of the telegraph. The telegraph, and the Associated Press.

Without "the wire," newspapers from the founding era to the Civil War era were fundamentally about the opinion of the printer - much like National Review and so forth. Indeed, newspapers were usually weeklies, and some didn't have a deadline at all, but just went to press when the printer was good and ready.

With the AP, or any other newswire, the paper is about "hard news" - things that you didn't have any way of knowing about because they happened too recently, and you didn't have electronic communications except whatever you got from the newswire via the local newspaper. The thing is, the news service is expensive - and only useful if you trust the authors of the stories which come over the wire. So to make money with the AP or Reuters, a newspaper has to promote the fatuous idea that journalism is objective.

And that homogenizes journalism. The editorial page of the paper is a ghetto of frank opinion, and one of its main functions is to "position" the rest of the paper as not being a matter of opinion but of fact. But as Benjamin Franklin put it, "Half the truth is often a great lie." And the portion of the truth selected by journalism is superficial ("there's nothing more worthless than yesterday's newspaper"), negative ("If it bleeds, it leads"), and unrepresentative of what usually happens ("'Man Bites Dog,' not 'Dog Bites Man'"). And, not to put too fine a point on it, calculated to cast the journalist as hero

Of course, it's a lot easier and safer to be a "hero" if you pick on "villains" who do not in fact pose any real danger. So journalism picks nice safe "villains" like the businessman, the policeman, and the soldier who is under civilian rule, and accuses him of malfeasance. Don't look for journalists to take on actual terrorists, tho - what, you think they're crazy? You could get hurt that way. So ultimately it is natural for journalists to behave like socialists, and promote socialism. "Liberal" politiicans simply join in the action, for fun and profit. They don't have to be really smart or effective, because they are cooperating with journalists to bully and second guess those who take responsibility of working to a bottom line.


48 posted on 05/15/2010 9:49:36 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ( DRAFT PALIN)
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To: RobinMasters

“The most trusted man in America” collaborated with anti-Vietnam War activists in the 1960s...”

And that’s the way it is . . . Saturday, May 15, 2010


49 posted on 05/15/2010 9:50:21 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

I think you are right on the money


50 posted on 05/15/2010 9:52:05 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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