NEW YORK â€“ Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the networks' golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called "the most trusted man in America," died Friday. He was 92.
Cronkite's longtime chief of staff, Marlene Adler, said Cronkite died at 7:42 p.m. at his Manhattan home surrounded by family. She said the cause of death was cerebral vascular disease.
Adler said, "I have to go now" before breaking down into what sounded like a sob. She said she had no further comment.
Cronkite was the face of the "CBS Evening News" from 1962 to 1981, when stories ranged from the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to racial and anti-war riots, Watergate and the Iranian hostage crisis.
Walter Cronkite said in accepting the 1999 Norman Cousins Global Governance Award at the ceremony at the United Nations:
"It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government [emphasis mine] patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace. To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty. That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order. But the American colonies did it once and brought forth one of the most nearly perfect unions the world has ever seen."
Now you know why Walter Cronkite was called "the most trusted man in America"â€”he was trusted by the Establishment that control America to promote their One World Government Fascist agenda.
Queation for Cronkite: Assuming that you genuinely believed (Yeah, right!) the nonsense quoted above, did it ever occur to you how you would have felt if George "Dumbya" Bushâ€”a man you didnâ€™t care for â€”was President of the entire world?
Frank Dombrosky wrote: When the Tet Offensive (Vietnam, 1968) proved a miserable failure for the communists, Cronkite declared that all hope was lost for an American victory. WHAT!?
Right. Tet was like a giant kamakazi attack, in that North Vietnam was able to build up and deploy massive force, but not able to retrieve and save it from devastating US counterattacks. I too am ashamed that Cronkite and so many others allowed themselves to be so easilly intimidated by such a bold move, otherwise we probably would have won that war.
Today, thankfully, we are not limited to a few local papers and three news networks as we were back then. Hannity, Limbaugh, Fox News, etc. would NEVER have let Chronkite get away with his Harry-Ried-like demoralizing judgement of affairs he knew less about than he thought he did.
I don't have fond memories of Mr. Cronkite, although I hope he was saved. When the Tet Offensive (Vietnam, 1968) proved a miserable failure for the communists, Cronkite declared that all hope was lost for an American victory. WHAT!? The communists later admitted that many of their units were completely decimated in the offensive and that things were going very badly for them. Unfortunately, many Americans chose to believe Cronkite and others like him. This, in turn, gave the North Vietnamese the motivation needed to continue when they may have very well been near defeat.