Skip to comments.NPR Host Longs for More Peaceful Era of Walter Cronkite
Posted on 01/17/2011 11:49:52 AM PST by pissant
NPRs 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 didnt happen when 63 million people watched Walter Cronkite every night.
Tim Graham at Newsbusters confirms Simons 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 Fords life or the wild over exaggeration about the size of Cronkites nightly audience)
And lets not forget the vicious rabbit attack on Jimmy Carter.
Simons 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, hes fooling himself.
In a literal sense, Simon might be correct things like this just didnt happen when 63 million people watched Walter Cronkite every night. Thats because 63 million people didnt watch Walter Cronkite every night. Nothing like this happened when 30 million people watched Katie Couric every night either.
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Ah, the good old days ;-)
There, fixed the title for Ya.
Hush Rush. Control the internet. We will control the vertical and We will control the horizontal.
Where is that old Atheist Walter Cronkite?
And don't forget how he was actively aided and abetted by Dan Rather, Bureau Chief in Saigon!
“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”!
That's it. Nailed it.
I would like to go back to that time also, and punch Cronkite in his lying commie face on air!
He’s probably chatting it up with his old buddy, Ted Kennedy (D - Hell).
Yes, that is exactly what he wants
Cronkite didn’t make the times. The times made Cronkite.
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.
Viet Nam - started by Kennedy, exacerbated by Johnson, brought to the verge of victory by Westmoreland, lost by Cronkite, ended by Nixon.
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”.
are we talking Cronkite or Mondale?
Terry Gross is more of a man than Scott Simon.
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!!.
Ask the ‘Nam guys on The Wall if Cronkite’s coverage of the war brought more peaceful times.
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.
Don’t forget the Vietnamese people too, when the USA left. Peace.
You left out one small item. The Demorats defended Viet Nam just when things were turning around.
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.
I recall how returning Viet Nam vets were treated so honorably and nonconfrontationally by the libs.
What an utterly ludicrous statement to be made by someone who calls himself a “journalist?”
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?
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?
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.
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
or the Weather Underground, the SLA, etc..
How did they ever do it without having Bush, Palin, Rush OR Beck to blame???
He wants to go back to the days that they could lie to us and get away with it... npr=NATIONAL PROPAGANDA RADIO
Not to mention the race baiting “progress” of institutionalized reverse discrimination w/o question.
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.
We lived that era...funny...we don’t long for those days.
Mental illness, has to be.
very true. Then again, who wants to go back and check everything reported during that time?
“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?
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.
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).
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!
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.
Vietnam was lost when we agreed to let France keep Indochina after WWII.
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