Friday, July 17, 2009

rip walter cronkite

a sad day for americans. walter cronkite was known to many as "america's most trusted man" during an era when few americans felt they could trust anyone. “I am a news presenter, a news broadcaster, an anchorman, a managing editor — not a commentator or analyst. I feel no compulsion to be a pundit," he proclaimed in 1973. cronkite was the first true celebrity journalist. his international popularity is evidenced by this snippet from his nytimes obit: he was so widely known that in Sweden anchormen were once called Cronkiters.

watch this rare clip of cronkite losing his composure while announcing the assassination of JFK that effectively captured the emotions of millions. (ff to 4:45 if you are inpatient). It was an uncharacteristically personal note from a newsman who was uncomfortable expressing opinion.

with his son in 1971

playing bumper pool in 1971

in his CBS office in 1971

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