Saturday, July 18, 2009

Another Legend Dies: Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite, the legendary CBS News anchor, has died. Cronkite was such a figure during my childhood and even much earlier. It is so hard to explain how the news medium has changed today (in a negative direction). Comparing today's plethora of talking heads with Cronkite is a painful process.

And that's the way it was. . . .

Update: Glenn Greenwald has a lot more on how Cronkite's death signals the end of a generation in the news media. I strongly encourage you to read Greenwald's article.

Also, during an interview in 1996, Cronkite himself laments that the current generation of reporters do not abide by the "standards" that his generation tried to implement. The standards, he said, did not "stick." Here's a link to the video footage: Newseum News Cronkite Page.

3 comments:

FLRN said...

This is the changing of the guard and the end of an era where substance and presence offered clarity. There are simply no comparisons to as the industry appears to be in a state of flux.

News and the way we get our news as consumers is shifting - less TV, less newspaper print, more fluff about floss and gloss.

Educated people have the same needs as before - we want it now, accurate, unbiased and we want it factual - Good luck with the current news sources left standing I guess we will have to find it ourselves.

Hmmm isn't there a quote that says..."If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it" T.M.

ddadmin said...

Wow, another famous person to leave. Walter (referred to as "Uncle Walt") was a great man that knew how to deliver news. I wish these noobs nowadays had such skills. Prayers to Walter's family and friends. In his memory, for his fans I have collected some great sites and articles (more than 200) to know all about Walter Cronkite. If you are interested take a look at the below link
http://markthispage.blogspot.com/2009/07/walter-cronkite-another-famous-person.html

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

FLRN: I so agree with you. I think of so many of the great ones, from Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters (minus the View), Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel, Hugh Downs, etc. Now, in order to anchor the news, you have to be either skinny and blonde, perky or be able to yell over a marching band.

DDadmin: thanks for the links

To all: Cronkite made me appreciate the news growing up. 6pm rolled around, and it was time for the news. It was a family event. We learned about our world. Now, they fixate on the president's dog and the winners of reality tv.

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