Friday, July 17, 2009

R.I.P. Walter Cronkite

Inevitable as it is, it's a shame when a great one passes, and in many ways the death of Walter Cronkite at age 92 today is the passing of an era. I doubt there'll ever be a TV news person with the influence Cronkite had — or at least the trust that he wielded with the audience.

Not many news readers nowadays qualify as bona fide journalists — not meant as an insult, it's just not part of the skill set. Cronkite was a journalist.

Appropriate perhaps that this comes as people are marking the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, a moment when Cronkite's boyish enthusiasm got the best of him and he crossed over from the serious reporting of the news to just enjoying the marvel.



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