Walter Cronkite (Born, St. Joseph, Missouri, November 4, 1916 - New York, July 17, 2009) was the chief correspondent and an anchorman for, and managing editor of, the CBS Evening News, 1962-1981. Widely regarded as authoritative, he was known as "Uncle Walter". Unfortunately, he was a liberal-progressive and failed to see the threat of international Communism.
- He was the first journalist that told the nation in 1963 that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.
- From the outset, critics accused Cronkite of politically slanting the news to the left. This bias, they said, was evidenced not so much by Cronkite's words as by his choice of what stories CBS covered, and by his habit of raising his eyebrows and scowling to show his disapproval of statements made by conservatives and Republicans.
- Cronkite strongly influenced the politics and outcome of the Vietnam War. In 1968 the Communist forces in South Vietnam, facing defeat, staged massive kamikaze attacks on U.S. positions in Saigon and elsewhere during the Chinese New Year celebration called Tet. This suicidal "Tet Offensive" was a military disaster that cost the lives of 100 Communist fighters for every American killed. But as a top Communist general said years later on the Public Broadcasting Service documentary series Vietnam, those on the left in the American press turned this Marxist military defeat into a political victory for the Communist side.
In addition to his biased reporting on the war, 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.
Cronkite's influence on the America's public perception of the Vietnam War was recognized by President Lyndon Johnson when he stated after a critical report on the war, "if we've lost Walter Cronkite, we've lost the country."
|“||However nice a person he may have been, Walter Cronkite was, more importantly, a model voice for liberal-progressives’ brand of socialism. His lack of understanding about the nature of the Constitution and about the founding ethos of the United States allowed him to warp the minds of millions of Americans with the historicism that characterizes liberal-progressivism. -- Thomas E. Brewton||”|
Cronkite has also stated support for other leftist causes, such as tax increases. During and following his anchorage tenure, Cronkite has placed a disproportionate amount of criticism towards Conservatives while aligning himself with liberal figures such as Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and John Kerry. He was also a fierce advocate for abortion, having donated money to the pro-abortion group NARAL.
Cronkite was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He died on July 17, 2009 at the age of 92.
"And that's the way it is"
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