I can't help but wonder what that solid, creative titan of a man would have thought of 21st century broadcast media (and some print media) before he passed on.
People suggested to Walter that he should run for President himself. "I think we'll wait and see how many uncommitteds there are after New Hampshire," he said. "And then maybe we'll go after them."
It may be difficult for people under the age of 40 to fathom what an imprint Walter Cronkite had on my generation. He has been called the most trusted man in America, and possibly he was.
What a time for Iconomania, none of it critical, none of it questioning, none offering deeper perspective or leading to very revealing coverage.
Stories from before Cronkite was Cronkite
We have lost all sense of proportion, balance and priority. The comparative response to these deaths can only be considered pathetic.
Even in reporting on his death many journalists have violated one of Cronkite's basic tenets: report the news don't become it.
He was just... Uncle Walter. The most trusted man in America. And now that voice has been silenced. We've lost the last true journalist the broadcast industry will ever see.
When we lose public figures who become such an enduring part of our private lives, we lose a part of ourselves. We also realize, like Dylan Thomas, that we too, won't go gently into that good night.
But for him, we would not know ourselves even as well as we do.
As we mourn "the most trusted man in America" we also mourn the kind of television news that no longer exists. Today, the job he perfected has largely lost its relevance.
I worked directly with Walter in the early days of broadcast news. No matter how big he became, there was an essential decency and humanity along with his drive to know and understand each story.
Cronkite heralded an age that ha fallen by the wayside for ratings. The bitter irony is that the issues are as compelling today as they were fifty years ago, and we hunger for information and commentary that we can trust.
Although I am sure that Walter Cronkite had friends in politics, he did not give money to political campaigns or actively support candidates. I won't either.
Shouldn't a president be concise on issues? Candidates seem to ignore the signals of blinking lights, so let's install an emphatic alarm that sounds somewhere between a fart and a fire engine.
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