And that’s the way it is … Walter Cronkite, the day the anchor news man died.
Walter Cronkite, an American journalist icon, the anchorman of CBS News, the voice of a generation of new and the one “most trusted man in America” has passed away at the age of 92 in New York. Sadly, Walter Cronkite has passed away after an extended battle with cerebrovascular disease. There will never be and never had been another news anchor like Walter Cronkite. Rest in Peace.
Tonight, a piece of my childhood died. Before 24–7 cable news, before networks had such a bias agenda, there was Walter Cronkite. He anchored the CBS Evening news for 19 years from 1962 to 1981. In a much less media centric time and place where one always made it a point to be in front of the TV to tune into the nightly news, Walter Cronkite was far and away the best anchor and the first that ever was. From his Wiki:
In 1950, Cronkite joined CBS News in its young and growing television division, recruited by Edward R. Murrow, who had previously tried to hire Cronkite from UP during the war. Cronkite began working at WTOP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C..
On July 7, 1952, the term “anchor” was coined to describe Cronkite’s role at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, which marked the first nationally-televised convention coverage
CBS: The “most trusted man in America” has passed away
Walter Cronkite, who personified television journalism for more than a generation as anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” has died. CBS vice president Linda Mason says Cronkite died at 7:42 p.m. Friday with his family by his side at his home in New York after a long illness. He was 92.
CNN: Walter Cronkite, the CBS anchorman known as “Uncle Walter” for his easygoing, measured delivery and “the most trusted man in America” for his rectitude and gravitas.
From Little Green Footballs … 40 year ago he was covering the Apollo moon landing. Sadly tonight we are reporting that Walter Cronkite is dead.
Check out this fantastic old footage of Cronkite’s coverage of the moon landing