created by: DON W SOUTH | May 24, 2012

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..Biography paints Walter Cronkite’s darker side

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May 24, 2012
 
..Biography paints Cronkite’s darker side
By Jeff Stacklin | The Lookout – 9 hrs ago..
FROM YAHOO, NOT FOX
Walter Cronkite (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
To millions of TV news viewers, Walter Cronkite might well have been the most trusted man in America. But, according to a new biography, he committed unethical, biased no-nos that would get him fired these days, writes Newsweek's Howard Kurtz.

Kurtz describes the new book, Cronkite, by Douglas Brinkley, as "sweeping and masterful" in its portrayal of the newsman who anchored the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981.

Kurtz draws on his own first-hand dealings with Cronkite, who died in 2009. After reading the book, which will be released May 29, Kurtz notes that the former anchor was not exactly the man he knew.

In reading this first major biography of Cronkite, I came to realize that the man who once dominated television journalism was more complicated—and occasionally more unethical—than the legend that surrounds him. Had Cronkite engaged in some of the same questionable conduct today—he secretly bugged a committee room at the 1952 GOP convention—he would have been bashed by the blogs, pilloried by the pundits, and quite possibly ousted by his employer.

Kurtz also writes that Cronkite was much more liberal than TV viewers would have thought. He dissed Barry Goldwater on the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination.

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In another questionable move, he met privately with Robert Kennedy and encouraged him to run for president, only later to get an exclusive interview to discuss Kennedy's plan to run for president. Kurtz adds:

I am shaking my head at the spectacle of a network anchor secretly urging a politician to mount a White House campaign—and then interviewing him about that very question. This was duplicitous, a major breach of trust.

There also was the time when Cronkite spliced unflattering segments of an interview with Johnson about the Vietnam War—editing that was later undone by CBS.

And despite the news anchor's "pipe-puffing family man" image, Cronkite did get into a bit of, er, manly mischief. Kurtz notes a reference in the biography to a night that Cronkite went to an "infamous topless bar."

[Cronkite] was later spotted dining with a go-go dancer in a miniskirt and plunging neckline. Cronkite drew a bit of tabloid attention for his exploits; I can only imagine what TMZ would have done with the inevitable paparazzi shots.

Indeed, you do have to wonder.

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I remember Cronkite very well. He was loved by the left, but not by conservatives, even back then.
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May 26, 2012
 
Don once again you start a thread that NOBODY CARES ABOUT...if you ask 10 Americans today who Walter Cronkite was over half would have no clue please join the rest of the world in 2012 not the 1950"s4315

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leave bellefontaine wrote:
Don once again you start a thread that NOBODY CARES ABOUT...if you ask 10 Americans today who Walter Cronkite was over half would have no clue please join the rest of the world in 2012 not the 1950"s4315
What does that tell you about your kind of people?
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May 26, 2012
 
aint my kind of people i find most americans border line retarded...and that not just the bible thumpers

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