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Legendary News Anchor Walter Cronkite Dies at 92

Legendary News Anchor Walter Cronkite Dies at 92

Walter Cronkite, legendary CBS news anchor passed away at his home in New York on Friday (July 17) after a long battle with cerebrovascular disease (brain dysfunction related to blood vessels).

The iconic newsman steadied the nation through the 1960′s and 70′s as the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981. Cronkite then passed off his position to Dan Rather, who assumed the position until 2005.

Walter was truly the father of television news. The trust that viewers placed in him was based on the recognition of his fairness, honesty and strict objectivity,” said Morley Safer, a CBS 60 Minutes correspondent.

You will be missed Walter. RIP.

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# 2

Was a radio/tv major and have worked in radio/television/film for the last 40 years–one of the few journalists that was worthy of respect. He was a legend and a true journalist. RIP – you will be missed.

# 3

Truly sad… My thoughts and condolences to his family and friends

# 5

RIP. You were one of the lucky ones who lived a long life.

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VICTORIA # 1 @ 07/17/2009 at 10:09 pm

How very sad. You always thought he would be around. He was a true legend in the news industry, and I send my sympathies to his family and co-worker’s. May you rest in peace Walter!

# 7

Rest in peace, Walter. You are a legend!! You were an inspiration to me & you deserve all the respect & love. You will be missed.

# 8

yupp. heard it an hour ago. sucks big time. RIP walter. i wanted to become a reporter/get into journalism because of you. you lived a good life and inspired many. :(

# 9

Awww I’m so sad!! What a great guy that will be missed. He was all about this week coming up with the solar moon stuff.

great man…better yet I heard he told really fabulous salty jokes.

What a Gentleman he was..

Sad that we don’t have news men like him anymore.. When I was little my Dad loved to watch him on the news..

Like they use to say.. If Cronkite says it.. then you know it is true..

So sad that great journalism is being replaced with stupid tab stories. Facts are not checked, and that newspapers look more like tabloid magazines, and “news shows” have become nothing more then gossip sites..

Where has the integrity gone.. OH I know.. Walter Cronkite took it with him..

aww my god, how sad …. god bless you walter ….:(

and i always wanted to have his anchoring voice. use to practise sounding like him. this really sucks.

How sad. I go to the Walter Cronkite School of journalism at ASU. RIP

great man truly one of the best RIP :(

Great natiional loss. There is no longer news but just gossip since he left as anchor. It is all about what is suspected and alledged but few facts and true investigations of anything. He knew how to report and put things in perspective. He is unmatchable. He kept self out of sight and focused on the news, the story. One is hopeful that others will follow his lead, but hope on this issue does not run deeply. Walter was one of a kind.

love them @ 07/18/2009 at 2:16 am

there will never be another like him. So sad this generation will not know a man like him…..

While I’m saddened to hear of his passing (I pretty much stopped watching the news after he retired), He lived a long, extraordinary life & made the news watchable by his simple, honest approach in talking to us, those lucky enough to have seen him.
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My sincere condolences to his family & friends. He will be missed.

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liverwurst @ 07/18/2009 at 8:21 am

Rest in peace Mr Cronkite, thank you for the memories.

It’s odd, I am far too young to have known his newscasting (late 80s child) and yet I feel this loss far more than I did that of Michael Jackson, whose music and scandal were practically staples of my childhood zeitgeist.

It may be that with my Grandparents’ recent passings I’m becoming cognizant of how my generation will watch almost all the leaves on the G.I. Generation Tree wither and pass in the wind, or it may be that I was so accustomed to my elders impersonating or revering him that I built up an impossible legend of a man in my head, but I can’t help but feel like we lost someone whose body of work truly spoke to journalistic virtue.

These days I don’t even watch broadcast journalism; every time I have turned it on in the past decade it was 80% bullshit with a side of crazy and though print/online outlets have their own imperfections they filter out the grandstanding inherent in modern broadcast.

Much like his contemporary Edward R. Murrow Mr. Cronkite seemed from a different planet. I can only imagine how puzzled my generation would be to have our news broadcasted with such stoic respect for our intellect, our potential.

Walter Cronkite’s legacy will exceed his grasp, and extend far past the shade of memory. For a good man of a bygone America, I salute him and mourn his passing.

Truly a class act! RIP

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