Legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92 + Kucinich’s Statement

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Sympathies and condolences to his family and friends the world over.  RIP Walter Cronkite.

By Mark Washburn
Charlotte Observer
July 17, 2009

He led us to Saigon, to Jonestown, to Selma, to Attica.

He escorted us to all corners of the Earth, then he showed us to the moon.

As anchorman of the “CBS Evening News,” Walter Cronkite — who died Friday at age 92 after a period of failing health, family members said — not only narrated a tumultuous era in American life, but presided over the instant that television achieved its thunderbolt potential to be the most powerful communication tool in history.

That defining moment unfolded Nov. 22, 1963, after Cronkite was drawn to the urgent, five-bell summons of the United Press International ticker in the CBS newsroom: Shots had been fired at the motorcade of President John F. Kennedy.

via Legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92 | McClatchy


Walter Cronkite announces death of JFK

March 27, 2009

Walter Cronkite announcing the death of JFK on November 22, 1963.

R.I.P. Walter Cronkite
(November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009)
CBS News Anchor (April 16, 1962 – March 6, 1981)
A true professional in his field…he will be missed.

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1968 King Assassination Report (CBS News)

April 03, 2008

Walter Cronkite had almost finished broadcasting the “CBS Evening News” when he received word of Martin Luther King’s assassination. His report detailed the shooting and the nation’s reaction to the tragedy. (CBSNews.com)

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Kucinich Statement on the Passing of Walter Cronkite

Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, July 17, 2009

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today issued the following statement after learning that the respected journalist, Walter Cronkite, had passed away. He was 92.

“My generation came of age at a time when Walter Cronkite was the name in American culture, synonymous with credibility and respect.  His role in our society transcended his TV news anchor position.  His pronouncements on the events of our time were like a slow rolling thunder delivered from an electronic Mount Olympus.  When he said ‘and that’s the way it is,’ we believed his every word because his compassion, dignity and respect merited our trust.  In his last years, he became a powerful spokesperson for world peace. I was humbled to share platforms with him.  His was a life which ennobled the world of journalism and strengthened the heart of our nation,” said Kucinich.

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