Sunday, July 19, 2009

Walter Cronkite

It's not nice to speak ill of the dead but this quote from Obama...
"But Walter was always more than just an anchor," Mr. Obama said. "He was someone we could trust to guide us through the most important issues of the day; a voice of certainty in an uncertain world. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down. This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed."
Doesn't really go with this one from Cronkite in 2004:
In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign.
He was essentially saying Karl Rove was in charge of the bin Laden tapes, or in other words apart from his news job he was a typical far lefty. Did any of that bleed through to his news copy over the years, even if only in a subtle manner?

At any rate, RIP Mr. Cronkite, you did the news very well in your day. But that's no longer the way it is. The way it is now is that citizens have multiple sources of news information and can make up their own minds in a manner of their choosing based on their own perceptions and filters.

By the way, it's hard to find any comment from Obama on this years' passing of another broadcast legend--Paul Harvey. Not hard to find something from Bush, though.

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