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Old 07-17-2009, 09:03 PM   #1
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R.I.P. Walter Cronkite

Legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92 - Yahoo! News

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Legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92

By FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press Writer Frazier Moore, Associated Press Writer – 3 mins ago

NEW YORK – Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the networks' golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called "the most trusted man in America," died Friday. He was 92.

Cronkite's longtime chief of staff, Marlene Adler, said Cronkite died at 7:42 p.m. at his Manhattan home surrounded by family. She said the cause of death was cerebral vascular disease.

Adler said, "I have to go now" before breaking down into what sounded like a sob. She said she had no further comment.

Cronkite was the face of the "CBS Evening News" from 1962 to 1981, when stories ranged from the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to racial and anti-war riots, Watergate and the Iranian hostage crisis.

It was Cronkite who read the bulletins coming from Dallas when Kennedy was shot Nov. 22, 1963, interrupting a live CBS-TV broadcast of the soap opera "As the World Turns."

Cronkite was the broadcaster to whom the title "anchorman" was first applied, and he came so identified in that role that eventually his own name became the term for the job in other languages (Swedish anchors are known as Kronkiters; in Holland, they are Cronkiters).

"He was a great broadcaster and a gentleman whose experience, honesty, professionalism and style defined the role of anchor and commentator," CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves said in a statement.

His 1968 editorial declaring the United States was "mired in stalemate" in Vietnam was seen by some as a turning point in U.S. opinion of the war. He also helped broker the 1977 invitation that took Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem, the breakthrough to Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

He followed the 1960s space race with open fascination, anchoring marathon broadcasts of major flights from the first suborbital shot to the first moon landing, exclaiming, "Look at those pictures, wow!" as Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon's surface in 1969. In 1998, for CNN, he went back to Cape Canaveral to cover John Glenn's return to space after 36 years.

"It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite," CBS News president Sean McManus said in a statement. "More than just the best and most trusted anchor in history, he guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments."

He had been scheduled to speak last January for the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., but ill health prevented his appearance.
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I imagine he didn't have much left in his tank after witnessing the media circus that was Wacko Jacko's demise.

His integrity has been missing from the airwaves for a long time.

A true giant.
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We will not see his like again, and we are all the poorer for it.

And that's the way it is...RIP.
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I guess it was inevitable he would die - to me he seemed so old when I watched him on TV when I was little myself.

Glad he had a long life.
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Rest in peace, Longhorn brethren.

The best of Cronkite's Texas ads
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Damnit. He lived to a ripe old age so I cannot be too upset.

He set industry standards that few have been able to even approach.

RIP.
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aaaaaaaaa, no..........


go well, Walter Cronkite into those other dimensions.
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RIP Mr Cronkite


He was the measuring stick for news reporters.


I did see him once about 20 years ago walking around a bookstore in NYC.
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A true giant in the broadcast journalism world. We need more like him.

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