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Walter Cronkite, Trusted Face of CBS Evening News, Dead at 92

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Carlo Klemm

Walter Cronkite, Trusted Face of CBS Evening News, Dead at 92

July 17, 2009

By Chris Dolmetsch and Laura Tillman

Salt Lake Tribune

Excerpt:

Walter Cronkite, who as the nation's leading television news anchor for two decades brought the Apollo moon landing, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War into U.S. living rooms, has died. He was 92.

His death was confirmed in a statement by CBS News.

Cronkite, who always ended his CBS newscasts with "and that's the way it is," was voted the most-trusted man in America in a 1972 poll. President Lyndon B. Johnson cited Cronkite's editorial commentary on the Vietnam War for helping turn public opinion against the conflict.

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The former anchorman, who began his career in journalism before television, embraced the latest media technology when he was well into his 80s.

In 2005, he began writing a blog for the Huffington Post, a left-leaning political Web site. He used the platform to chastise the Democratic Party and call for solidarity in the fight against global warming. He said the so-called war on drugs a failure.

In his later years, Cronkite grew more disillusioned about the state of his profession. Journalism, he said, was suffering from the profit-driven pressures resulting from global media consolidation.

"It's not just the journalist's job at risk here," he said in a keynote address at Columbia University in 2007. "It's American democracy. It is freedom."

AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS

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Santa Everett

One of the great voices. May he rest in peace.

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Michael Rielly

It is interesting to note that Walter Cronkite died on this particular weekend the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

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Cindylu

Walter Cronkite was a true Pioneer in the Journalism field, no doubnt about that. I can remember all those years hearing his voice on national news every evening and recall how saddened I was when he retired. Glad for him, but sad that I wouldn't be hearing his news delivery anymore.

Didn't agree with some of his political views, but he was a great man in my eyes for calling it as he saw it. He will be profoundly missed by all.

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Santa Spice

to me Walter was an honest person who reported the news and without a Democrat or Republican slant to it. He called it as he saw it. Plain and simple. Today's news people are all politically rotten to the core and none can be trusted or believed. Walter is an end of an era that we will all miss.

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Kriss Kringle

Walter Cronkite was the only news anchor I ever knew about growing up. When it was time for the evening news, Walter Cronkite was always on the TV in our house.

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Santa JerryO

Walter Cronkite was the news when I was growing up. He reported the news as it was and always tried to give the honest side of what was there. I will never forget his report on the death of John F. Kennedy. I think it was the first time I saw a newsman cry. We lost a lot when he retired and sadly we have never gotten that type of honesty back on the news front.

May he now rest in peace....."and that the way it is July 18th, 2009"

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