Friday, July 17, 2009

And That's The Way It Is For July 17, 2009

The last of the true journalists have gone.

The last of the men who put aside their own political views and just reported the truth have gone.
They were the Giants of a fledgling industry, men whose names were household words:

Edward R. Murrow, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite.

They are all gone now.


What has replaced them?

Prima Donnas. Men and women who believe that personal opinion passes for news. Men and women who are little more than good hair and a pretty face.

Journalism has become the basket-weaving, no-brainer course instead of the Fourth Estate, the Torch-Bearers of Truth.

Walter Cronkite had such integrity that if he went on the air, and told the American people that the world was coming to an end, now let us pray. The nation would have gotten onto its knees.

Here are just some of his best moments:

Cronkite Interview of JFK

View at YouTube

1968 King Assassination Report (CBS News)

View at YouTube

CBS Announces JFK's Death

View at YouTube

Good-bye Uncle Walter, and Good night!


Maggie M. Thornton said...

My last memory of him is on Ted Kennedy's yacht with Bill and Hill:-)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Yep, they probably have broken the mold.

MK said...

Sometimes i watch old documentaries or stories by the reporters of old. It's so refreshing to hear westerners reporting like they really were on the side of the western world.

These days you often wonder whose side these bastards really are on.

Holger Awakens said...

My biggest memory of Walter Cronkite is the "news report" he made in 1968 when he told the American people that we had lost in Vietnam and since the American people "trusted" him, they believed him. No one really knew when Cronkite spoke those words on the air how close America actually was to victory.

I can think of a few million Cambodians and South Vietnamese that wish Walter had kept his mouth shut that night.