Friday, July 17, 2009

Walter Cronkite Has Died




Walter Cronkite, the iconic broadcast journalist who was dubbed the "most trusted man in America" during his time as the face of "The CBS Evening News," has passed away. He was 92. Cronkite anchored the CBS News flagship broadcast from 1962 to 1981, signing off each broadcast with his trademark, "And that's the way it is..."

29 comments:

Carla said...

Wow. Rest in peace Mr. Cronkite.

Majik said...

The summer continues to deliver iconic losses...

.robert said...

When I was 4 I was often caught in the evening watching him on the news instead of sleeping.

RakeshR said...

May Walter RIP.

not on my dollar said...

Another one of our Legends, gone but not forgotten.

Rest In Peace Walter. :(

SeniorStan said...

Oh Mr. C, I grew up with you. R.I.P Walter, may all the future news be good ..

PJ Nelson said...

He will always be remembered for his sensitivity... No one comes close to the level of professionalism these days and that's a sad state of affairs. And I'm with Majik... this is a bad year for icons.

WBotW said...

What saddens me even more than Mr Cronkite's passing is the fact that when I changed my Facebook status to 'RIP Walter Cronkite', a fairly intelligent friend of mine who is in her 30s commented with 'who is Walter Cronkite?'

libby said...

Walter Cronkite was my childhood. Icon doesn't begin to cover it.

Goodbye Mr. Cronkite. Thank you for your integrity and professionalism.

Leah said...

My dad worked with Walter Cronkite. He expected the best from himself and everyone around him. News was serious business back then, and he sure didn't suffer fools gladly (including Dan Rather, who could be a real putz from time to time.)

Anyway, I only knew Walter Cronkite as a nice old guy who let me sit at his desk and goof a little into his mic while my dad was doing something else in the studio or booth. RIP Mr. Cronkite. You were a king among men.

Catherine said...

Sad. I remember him as the anchor of CBS, and I can still hear, "and that's the way it is...." I will miss him.

ddadmin said...

Wow, another famous person to leave. Walter (referred to as "Uncle Walt") was a great man that knew how to deliver news. I wish these noobs nowadays had such skills. Prayers to Walter's family and friends. In his memory, for his fans I have collected some great sites and articles (more than 200) to know all about Walter Cronkite. If you are interested take a look at the below link
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Jamie's Girl said...

Sorry. I'm alone in this thought. He was dry, boring, tired, and dramatic. I didn't need that.

Clanger said...

WBotW - that is embarrassing!!

RIP Walter. I always loved the sound of his voice.

selenakyle said...

Yet another "rock" from my childhood is now gone.

I begin to know these days why my Grandmama read the Obits every day.

I felt Peter Jennings embodied Cronkite's brand of authoritative voice and demeanor, but we lost Peter WAY too early.

Now I look to Brian Williams for that same secure feeling in my evening news (and I also love Brian's humor, esp. when trading jabs on Jon Stewart!).

Anyway, they all could, of course, be telling us total crap propaganda, but I'd rather be BS'ed by someone who makes me at least FEEL safe, if that makes any sense!

RIP, Mr. Cronkite.

sunnyside1213 said...

I remember when he announced Kennedy's death. If it hadn't been him, I would not have believed it.

libby said...

Jamie's Girl -- You may find him boring, but you cannot deny his integrity and professionalism. And his credentials. He was born in 1916, and covered WW2, FFS!

Mooshki said...

Goodbye, Walter.

Green Tara said...

Jamie's Girl -- yes, indeed, you ARE alone in your, um, "thought". Mr. Cronkite was THE consummate professional journalist.

Quintessential Southerner said...

RIP. your achievements leave a remarkable legacy.

Babs said...

One of the last bastions of old-fashioned, unbiased journalism, instead of the info-tainment / flashy crap we call the news today.

Good night, Mr. C.

ardleigh said...

Remember when the news had class and integrity? (Sigh)You will be sadly missed Mr. Cronkite! RIP.

Jade, That Girl said...

my dad's response to walter's passing was "that's exactly how i want to go. ninety-two, like walter."

i absolutely agree. him, ed bradley, and barbara walters (in her prime!) are the reason i majored in b.journalism.

Sporky said...

RIP to a real class act.

littleoleme said...

For those who found W.C. to be dry, boring etc. I say this - perhaps you're not aware that what you describe as boring was in fact professional journalism. You know, the good ole days. When you had to have three confirmed sources before your printed/said something. News stories were achieved through hard work and late nights. There was no yelling, showboating or big graphics. They didn't have them because they didn't need them. Their work was interesting enough. Mr. Cronkite was a true journalist, a decent person and as classy as you can get.

If you don't get that, that's your problem and your loss.

Babs said...

Amen, littleoleme. Well said.

fairylights said...

Thank you littleoleme, I couldn't have put it better.

RIP Walter, you were the voice of my childhood.

figgy said...

I think you hit the nail on the head littleoleme. Many people under 25 now have NOT had the experience of hearing serious news. Not their fault, but they probably don't even know what it should sound like.

Watching Walter Cronkite deliver the news used to be such a family event in our house. :-) I'll never forget his voice.

littleoleme said...

Thank you for all the kind comments. I think for me the reason his death hits me so hard is because he represents how things used to be. News was news and not, as Babs said, info-tainment. Kids today (I'm 43) have no idea how it used to be; how good it used to be. I would suggest people tune into to Bill Moyers on PBS to be able to see, in some small way, how powerful and fascinating news is when it's done intelligently, thoroughly and with hard work. I believe his show still does it right instead of doing "right now".