When Cronkite Talks, Do People Still Listen?

We’ve been saying it all along, and now Walter Cronkite agrees. When Cronkite said it during Viet Nam, America listened. From the AP:

Former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, whose 1968 conclusion that the Vietnam War was unwinnable keenly influenced public opinion then, said Sunday he’d say the same thing today about Iraq.

“It’s my belief that we should get out now,” Cronkite said in a meeting with reporters.

Now 89, the television journalist once known as “the most trusted man in America” has been off the “CBS Evening News” for nearly a quarter-century. He’s still a CBS News employee, although he does little for them.

Cronkite said one of his proudest moments came at the end of a 1968 documentary he made following a visit to Vietnam during the Tet offensive. Urged by his boss to briefly set aside his objectivity to give his view of the situation, Cronkite said the war was unwinnable and that the U.S. should exit.

Then-President Lyndon Johnson reportedly told a White House aide after that, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

Half of America already agrees. Hopefully, the other half will listen.

3 Comments
  1. The war was not lost during the Tet Offensive, January, 1968. I was there. The war was lost in the United States by the news media refusing to report the truth and portraying the antiwar, communist hippies being led by college and university American bashing professors as the moral high ground.

    This was the beginning of the end of objective news reporting. All the cockroaches ran together, the socialist liberals and the news media (who were also socialist liberals).

    The mainstream news media is getting what they deserve. The real news is on the internet, not on TV and print anymore. I hope all of them get what they deserve.

    It was a great day in honesty reporting when Dan Rather was exposed for what he really is and totally discredited. I say, news bloggers on the internet, keep up the good work.

  2. The war was lost in the United States by the news media refusing to report the truth and portraying the antiwar, communist hippies being led by college and university American bashing professors as the moral high ground.

    LOL.

    Heh. I’m not even gonna say anything.

  3. I disagree with libertarians when they say “get out now” … I’m of the ilk which wishes to promote liberties in other countries, by force if necessary. I’ve been to Iraq, it is nothing like the media report and a policy of abandonment would hurt everyone involved.

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