Will the U.S. Discover Cronkite Was a Liar?
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.
Hat tip: Yahoo News