Will the U.S. Discover Cronkite Was a Liar?

2012 May 25
by bc3b

A book recently written by historian Douglas Brinkley informs the public what conservatives have known for decades – that Walter Cronkite was much further left than most realized, that he was biased, dishonest and unethical.

Because of the “most trusted man in America,” millions in Asia are living under communism. In 1968 Cronkite aired a series on CBS nightly news claiming that the U.S. was losing the Tet Offensive, when, in fact, it was winning big-time. In his autobiography, former North Vietnamese General Giap credits Cronkite and the U.S. media for changing the course of the Vietnamese War in favor of the North.

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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Hat tip: Yahoo News


20 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 May 25 9:38 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Sad for a man who essentially wrote the nightly news format rule book —

    Why does the anchor sit behind a desk? Because Cronkite did it.
    Why do anchors ‘sign off’? Because Cronkite did it.
    Why close with a light story? Yep Cronkite did it.

    It is not surprising that many of the MSM are always pitching for the underdog and less fortunate. We all have that concern. What amazes is that the MSM for all it investigative prowess has never, even in Cronkites time, considered that maybe, just maybe some of it is self-inflicted.

  2. 2012 May 25 9:46 am
    bc3b permalink

    It’s interesting to read some of the comments from liberals on Yahoo News – “You can’t criticize Cronkite because he isn’t here to defend himself.”

  3. 2012 May 25 9:47 am
    bc3b permalink

    “Why does the anchor sit behind a desk? Because Cronkite did it. it’s the natural thing to do – and at her age, no one wants to see Diane Sawyer’s legs. No one in his right mind wanted to see the “Perky One’s” either.

    Now, if Miss Ukraine or drdog09’s friend from West Virginia were doing the news ….

  4. 2012 May 25 9:59 am
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Not news to me. He truly was a liberal A$$hole. Funny how he, Jane Fonda and John Kerry have never apologized for the 3 million who died in Cambodia after they engineered the “biggest Lie” in the history of this counry.

    Forgive them: NO WAY

  5. 2012 May 25 10:01 am
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Truth is, I never watched commiekite. I preferred the two on NBCwith the two clacking M-28 Teletype machines behind them.

  6. 2012 May 25 10:01 am
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Huntley and Brinkley?

  7. 2012 May 25 10:12 am
    bc3b permalink

    And ABC had Howard K. Smith.

  8. 2012 May 25 10:27 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Now, if Miss Ukraine or drdog09′s friend from West Virginia were doing the news …. — BC

    Bikini News Format. Ya know the country might just take that to heart. 😛

  9. 2012 May 25 10:43 am
    drdog09 permalink

    BC, 3,

    Traditionally, on radio, anchors stood in a isolation booth separate from the musicians/sound team due to the microphone tech of the time. NBC, CBS, RCA, MBS all did this. When Cronkite started his television broadcasts at the Wash DC CBS station he did from the same desk he worked at the rest of the day. Media Execs are so wrapped about ‘format changes’.

  10. 2012 May 25 10:45 am
    drdog09 permalink


    In my neck of the woods as a kid we did not have much choice. There was only 1 TV station. It carried both CBS and NBC but only broadcast the CBS evening news shows.

  11. 2012 May 25 11:05 am

    Gives eating out a whole new meaning.

  12. 2012 May 25 11:30 am

    Are we finally going to be rid of this snaggle toothed byitch??

  13. 2012 May 25 12:02 pm
    bc3b permalink

    ip #11 –

    That link could have only come from you.

  14. 2012 May 25 12:08 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    I wonder. Could Schlitz be so obtuse that she does not realize she must file for reelection? She has been one of the better gifts to the GOP these last few years.

  15. 2012 May 25 12:46 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    By calling her a dog, we insult dogs everywhere.

  16. 2012 May 25 12:48 pm

    A boner killer to be sure.

  17. 2012 May 25 12:50 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Yet, as dumb as Wasserman-Schultz is, she is smart enough to know that she can say anything she wants during an MSM interview and that she will not be challenged.

  18. 2012 May 25 12:57 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I just want whoever does hair and makeup for the next interview she does to find a way to knock her out temporarily so they can flat iron that poodle frizz she calls hair.

  19. 2012 May 25 1:42 pm

    Pull her teeth while they’re at it.

  20. 2012 May 25 3:23 pm
    bc3b permalink

    For first time ever, most unemployed have at least some college:


    Trend of things to come.

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