Friday, July 17, 2009

News industry honors the passing of Walter Cronkite

Major media stations, especially CNN on AC360, are covering the passage of CBS anchor Walter Cronkite at age 92.

I probably remember more history from Mr. Cronkite’s broadcasts that that of any other news man. Here is an excerpt of some of his famous newscasts, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. I was at work at the National Bureau of Standards, then on Van Ness Street in Washington, but I did hear the death announcement live over the radio.

Cronkite is also remembered for his coverage of man’s first walk on the Moon in July 1969, almost forty years ago to today. I was in the Army then.

Cronkite did not like the loosening of journalism that came with cable and eventually the Internet. He felt that the more focused and disciplined network coverage of the old days kept a grip on history.

The general comment is that Walter Cronkite had dinner with many Americans every night, and held their hand through traumatic events.

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