Skip to comments.FBI Files: Walter Cronkite Collaborated With Anti-War Activists…
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 groups 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 informants 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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“The most trusted man in America” collaborated with anti-Vietnam War activists in the 1960s...
and this is different from today how?
The MSM is the left. period.
I'm shocked, shocked, I tell ya!
They accused Cronkite of being the lefty which he most certainly was.
File this under DUH.
Uncle Walter was a communist.
And now we know why the FBI had a file on the commie rat bastard.What a POS.
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.
The MSM is the left. period.
My question is, are they in on the plan to destroy America, or are they just useful idiots?
This is pretty interesting.
And the FB-EYE has probably another one about Barry.
Charges of western media bias in favor of the Communist side have often been made by critics, 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."
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.
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."
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.  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.
“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.
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.