Monday, July 20, 2009

Walter Cronkite (1916-2009): Legendary CBS Anchorman Was Critical of Media Consolidation, Wars in Vietnam and Iraq

Democracy Now!
With Amy Goodman

".....On February 27, 1968, soon after he returned from a trip to Vietnam reporting on the Tet offensive and its aftermath, Cronkite questioned the goals of the US military in Vietnam. He said “We have been too often disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest clouds.”

Cronkite’s words on the Vietnam war are credited with casting doubt on official explanations and turning the tide of American public opinion against the war. Former President Lyndon Johnson is widely quoted as saying, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

After leaving CBS Evening News in 1981 Cronkite continued to work as a journalist, writing a regular syndicated news column. In his later years he also became a vocal critic of corporate media consolidation and of the war in Iraq.

For more on Walter Cronkite, I’m joined now by two guests.

From Washington DC, veteran investigative journalist and author Robert Parry. He edits the website and his latest article is called “Cronkite’s Unintended Legacy.”

And here in the firehouse studio, independent journalist, filmmaker, and author Danny Schechter the News Dissector. He’s the founder and executive editor of, an organization that Walter Cronkite advised......"

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