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NPR Host Longs for More Peaceful Era of Walter Cronkite
Michellemalkin.com ^ | 1/17/11 | Doug Powers

Posted on 01/17/2011 11:49:52 AM PST by pissant

NPR’s Scott Simon longs for the peaceful days of Walter Cronkite, when horrible events like the Tucson shootings were unheard of:

SIMON: People have observed over the past few years, for example, that, you know, this just didn’t happen when 63 million people watched Walter Cronkite every night.

Tim Graham at Newsbusters confirms Simon’s claims about the peacefulness of the Cronkite era**.

(**Not counting the assassinations of JFK, RFK, MLK, Malcolm X, the shooting of George Wallace, two attempts on Gerald Ford’s life or the wild over exaggeration about the size of Cronkite’s nightly audience)

And let’s not forget the vicious rabbit attack on Jimmy Carter.

Simon’s laughable claim is perhaps more of a mourning for a bygone era when dinosaur media ruled the earth and a scant few voices controlled dissemination of information to America than it is an indictment of the current political climate, but either way, he’s fooling himself.

In a literal sense, Simon might be correct — things like this just didn’t happen when 63 million people watched Walter Cronkite every night. That’s because 63 million people didn’t watch Walter Cronkite every night. Nothing like this happened when 30 million people watched Katie Couric every night either.

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KEYWORDS: cronkite; giffords; npr; oldcommiebastard; vietnam; waltercronkite
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Not to mention all that peaceful "rhetoric" from Bill Ayers and his ilk, the Black Panthers, the vietnam protesters, Charles Manson, the Hells Angels, Jim Jones, the NYC criminal class, the mafia, the serial killers, the communist infiltrators, etc etc.
1 posted on 01/17/2011 11:49:58 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

Ah, the good old days ;-)


2 posted on 01/17/2011 11:52:37 AM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: pissant
NPR Host Longs for More Peaceful Era of Walter Liar Cronkite

There, fixed the title for Ya.

3 posted on 01/17/2011 11:53:16 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: pissant

Hush Rush. Control the internet. We will control the vertical and We will control the horizontal.


4 posted on 01/17/2011 11:54:14 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: pissant

Where is that old Atheist Walter Cronkite?


5 posted on 01/17/2011 11:54:17 AM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: pissant
Don't forget how Cronkite thew the entire 'Nam War by outright lying to the American People about the '68 Tet Offensive!

And don't forget how he was actively aided and abetted by Dan Rather, Bureau Chief in Saigon!

6 posted on 01/17/2011 11:55:11 AM PST by Redleg Duke (We didn't limit out, but we nailed a bunch of RATS!)
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To: pissant
Because Wally was a one-man Saul Alinsky campaign.
7 posted on 01/17/2011 11:56:25 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: pissant
A more peaceful time like during Viet Nam?
8 posted on 01/17/2011 11:56:41 AM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: pissant

“when horrible events like the Tucson shootings were unheard of: “

I think he means not used for political gain.

Besides, there was Viet Nam, Cronkite used Tet68 as propaganda to “prove” we were losing and “end the war”. And said so in his autobiography.

Oh the good old days when there were only three networks working together to bring us “news”!


9 posted on 01/17/2011 11:56:52 AM PST by DBrow
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To: pissant
Simon’s laughable claim is perhaps more of a mourning for a bygone era when dinosaur media ruled the earth and a scant few voices controlled dissemination of information to America

That's it. Nailed it.

10 posted on 01/17/2011 11:58:03 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: pissant

I would like to go back to that time also, and punch Cronkite in his lying commie face on air!


11 posted on 01/17/2011 11:58:19 AM PST by The Toll
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To: pissant

Krankheit. Appropriate.


12 posted on 01/17/2011 11:59:37 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: LeonardFMason

He’s probably chatting it up with his old buddy, Ted Kennedy (D - Hell).


13 posted on 01/17/2011 11:59:42 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Yes, that is exactly what he wants


14 posted on 01/17/2011 12:00:00 PM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: pissant

Cronkite didn’t make the times. The times made Cronkite.


15 posted on 01/17/2011 12:00:28 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Lancey Howard

Dittos...

They long for the time when no alternative (truthful) information reached the ears of the people without being filtered through the “gatekeepers” of leftwing media.


16 posted on 01/17/2011 12:01:03 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: mountainlion

Viet Nam - started by Kennedy, exacerbated by Johnson, brought to the verge of victory by Westmoreland, lost by Cronkite, ended by Nixon.


17 posted on 01/17/2011 12:03:01 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: pissant

Five evenings a week Walter would tell America those things he felt were newsworthy and when he was finished he would say... “and THAT’S THE WAY IT IS”. What he didn’t say was... “Take what I say or nothing”.


18 posted on 01/17/2011 12:04:41 PM PST by 1raider1
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

are we talking Cronkite or Mondale?


19 posted on 01/17/2011 12:04:41 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Redleg Duke
You nailed it Redleg! We were kickin' ass and takin' names when I was there! That SOB should have been tarred and feathered!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
20 posted on 01/17/2011 12:04:47 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: pissant

Terry Gross is more of a man than Scott Simon.


21 posted on 01/17/2011 12:05:32 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: pissant

There’s a word for people like Simon - reactionary.

Or fuddy-duddy. That’s accurate too.

In MY day we had 3 stations, they all broadcast the same statist bull cr@p AND WE LIKED IT!!.


22 posted on 01/17/2011 12:08:27 PM PST by DManA
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To: pissant

Ask the ‘Nam guys on The Wall if Cronkite’s coverage of the war brought more peaceful times.


23 posted on 01/17/2011 12:10:52 PM PST by Free Vulcan (The cult of Islam must be eradicated by any means necessary.)
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To: MrB; GeronL

I get chills wondering how many lies were spread by the “big three” networks and their Democrat newsrooms during the decades prior to the ascendance of “new media” (talk radio, cable news, and the internet). A mere 15 or 20 years ago, Dan Rather would have gotten away with his fake “National Guard memo”. How many fakes, forgeries, and lies did he and his ilk actually SUCCEED in getting away with for at least 50 years? We’ll probably never know.


24 posted on 01/17/2011 12:13:48 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Free Vulcan

Don’t forget the Vietnamese people too, when the USA left. Peace.


25 posted on 01/17/2011 12:14:01 PM PST by DBrow
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To: RinaseaofDs
Viet Nam - started by Kennedy, exacerbated by Johnson, brought to the verge of victory by Westmoreland, lost by Cronkite, ended by Nixon.

You left out one small item. The Demorats defended Viet Nam just when things were turning around.

26 posted on 01/17/2011 12:14:10 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: pissant
Notice the passive tone.

People have observed

Couching his personal opinion in an ersatz reportorial product.

Cronkite would have said "I observed". It would have been a lie but it wouldn't have been namby pamby passive.

27 posted on 01/17/2011 12:15:32 PM PST by DManA
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To: pissant

I recall how returning Viet Nam vets were treated so honorably and nonconfrontationally by the libs.


28 posted on 01/17/2011 12:18:58 PM PST by jda
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To: DManA

What an utterly ludicrous statement to be made by someone who calls himself a “journalist?”


29 posted on 01/17/2011 12:25:39 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: pissant

Oh yeah, then there was that incident where protestors burned down a few rotc buildings and then the National Guard opened fire on them - killing 4 people at Kent State.

Times were really peaceful then.

I wonder what Sarah Palin did to incite all that violence?


30 posted on 01/17/2011 12:27:52 PM PST by crescen7 (game on)
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To: TNCMAXQ

That’s also typical gotcha tactic lefty big media types use on conservatives:

People have observed that you beat your wife. Is that still going on?


31 posted on 01/17/2011 12:28:45 PM PST by DManA
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To: mountainlion

No I didn’t. Westmoreland nearly pulled it off. He wiped out the VC during Tet. A senior VC general actually attested to this fact in lectures at several military academies.

We had literally won. The VC didn’t even have 30 days left by this general’s point of view.

Cronkite and Rather made sure we lost.


32 posted on 01/17/2011 12:33:04 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: pissant

Newark riots, Chicago riots at the 68 Rat convention, Watts burning to the ground, NYC blackout with all the looting and pillaging.

Yup nothing happened when 63 million watched Crockite


33 posted on 01/17/2011 12:47:19 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz ( Happy Freeping New Year)
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To: pissant

or the Weather Underground, the SLA, etc..


34 posted on 01/17/2011 12:48:48 PM PST by rahbert
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To: EQAndyBuzz

How did they ever do it without having Bush, Palin, Rush OR Beck to blame???


35 posted on 01/17/2011 12:49:48 PM PST by jda
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To: pissant

He wants to go back to the days that they could lie to us and get away with it... npr=NATIONAL PROPAGANDA RADIO

LLS


36 posted on 01/17/2011 12:52:33 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: pissant

Not to mention the race baiting “progress” of institutionalized reverse discrimination w/o question.


37 posted on 01/17/2011 12:53:07 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: pissant
NPR’s Scott Simon longs for the peaceful days of Walter Cronkite, when horrible events like the Tucson shootings were unheard of:

I think that Scott Simon is longing for the days before femi-nazies dominated our culture.

Walter Cronkite was a far leftist with little or no competition; he dominated the airwaves pretending to be neutral. He was not a nice person for this country.

38 posted on 01/17/2011 12:55:41 PM PST by olezip
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To: pissant
And here's what a couple of decades of Cronkite and centralized propaganda consumption leave you as when they're don't effing up your mind:


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

39 posted on 01/17/2011 12:56:21 PM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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To: pissant

We lived that era...funny...we don’t long for those days.


40 posted on 01/17/2011 1:03:17 PM PST by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh...Man of all the years. Trust Rush he stands for America.)
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To: pissant

Mental illness, has to be.


41 posted on 01/17/2011 1:10:54 PM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Lancey Howard

very true. Then again, who wants to go back and check everything reported during that time?


42 posted on 01/17/2011 1:16:50 PM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: jda

“Bush, Palin, Rush OR Beck to blame??”

Remember Agnew? Nixon? I’m sure there were other Emmanuel Goldstein characters back then. Lt Calley, and who was his CO?


43 posted on 01/17/2011 1:35:40 PM PST by DBrow
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To: pissant

Cronkite has the mind of an amoeba.

And that’s on the good days.

He’s an Obama-hole now, and he was a bigger Obama-hole back when he was one of the few that the MSM permitted us to watch.

May an unclean yak back into his linen closet.


44 posted on 01/17/2011 1:37:46 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Busing (desegregation) “disturbances”.

Aboveground nuclear testing, Duck and Cover, Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis (in which Kennedy did not know there were warheads on Cuba or that LeMay had armed and launched every B52 in flyable condition and was having them fly “racetrack” patterns centered on Moscow. Khrushchev knew both facts).


45 posted on 01/17/2011 1:42:31 PM PST by DBrow
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To: pissant
NPR’s Scott Simon longs for the peaceful days of Walter Cronkite

Ahhhhhhh, I long for the snow filled winters of northern Michigan when all I did was ski, ski,ski..and mom would cook wonderful dinners. However, I don't long for the same snow filled driveway that I was forced to shovel after every snowfall............considering the fact that I was merely a young teenager, that was child slavery and abuse!

46 posted on 01/17/2011 1:42:53 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only thing Super Glue is good for is gluing your fingers together.....)
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To: rockrr

WC was CBS news anchor from 1962 to 1981. Plenty of war, assassination and violence during that time. The million plus slaughtered in the killing fields of Cambodia in the 1970s was I would say noteworthy.


47 posted on 01/17/2011 1:49:03 PM PST by xp38 (The Sky — by John Wayne. The Sky is blue/The Grass is green/Get off your butt/And join the Marines!)
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To: mountainlion
Viet Nam - started by Kennedy, exacerbated by Johnson, brought to the verge of victory by Westmoreland, lost by Cronkite, ended by Nixon.

Vietnam was lost when we agreed to let France keep Indochina after WWII.

48 posted on 01/17/2011 1:53:35 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: xp38
It was very silent and peaceful in Cambodia while WC read his version of the news.


49 posted on 01/17/2011 1:55:33 PM PST by xp38 (The Sky by John Wayne. The Sky is blue/The Grass is green/Get off your butt/And join the Marines!)
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To: pissant
Watching that lying, socialist son of a bitch is what helped get us into the crappy situation we find ourselves. Cronkite was the grandaddy of lame stream media propagandists.

Nam Vet

50 posted on 01/17/2011 1:56:17 PM PST by Nam Vet (Are you better off than you were 4 trillion dollars ago?)
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