Barbara interviewed Cronkite at his Martha’s Vineyard home a few years after he retired as anchor of “The CBS Evening News.” Cronkite was the consummate, old-style newsman who never editorialized on the air, even with so much as a raised eyebrow – except twice: he wiped away a tear of joy when the U.S. landed on the moon, and he said at the end of a broadcast that he believed the U.S. should withdraw from Vietnam. In response, President Johnson said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost the country,” and he did not run for re-election.
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av_producer @ 2003-10-06 said:
I think Cronkite and Johnny Carson represented what was best in the entertaiment/news (I guess they were still separate back then) in America.
tatefox @ 2003-10-06 said:
The days when journalism meant something more than a cat stuck in a tree or the titillation of Laci Peterson. (Sigh)
hamlet @ 2003-10-06 said:
I had never heard the Johnson quote. That`s great.
zinetv @ 2003-10-06 said:
Walter Cronkite gave the news the sense of history in the making. Unfortuately some of the news has become a sales pitch in the making.