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Newsweek Honors Cronkite: 'The Voice of God On TV'

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The March 26/April 2 edition of Newsweek is all Sixties-themed, and on the last page is a gushy Walter Cronkite piece from liberal historian Douglas Brinkley -- you know, the man who kept having to revise his John Kerry hagiography in 2004 to include stubborn facts. Newsweek headlined it "The Voice of God on TV."

The God terminology came from angry black radical Julian Bond in describing how the old liberal "CBS Evening News" was a "powerful agent" in the "freedom struggle" in the South:

Cronkite’s telecast became a powerful agent in conveying to the world the horrors of the Jim Crow South. The net effect of CBS News—both radio and TV—on the freedom struggle proved immeasurable. Dr. Martin Luther King had a genius for setting up foils such as the brutal Sheriff James G. Clark Jr. of Dallas County, Ala., who used cattle prods, bullwhips, and clubs on protesters. Ditto for Bull Connor, commissioner of public safety in Birmingham. The CBS cameras beamed the barbarity right into tens of millions of living rooms. “To the movement,” Julian Bond recalled, “Cronkite was the voice of God on TV.”

Brinkley doesn't really admire the Almighty with the same reverence he has for counterculture icon Hunter S. Thompson. He's the literary executor of the Thompson estate, and honored Thompson after his suicide in 2005 as "the Billy the Kid of American literature." Douglas also loved how Cronkite brought the liberal bias to the Vietnam quagmire:

Cronkite first saw how surreal the Vietnam War was when, in the summer of 1965, he boarded a Vietnamese airliner in Hong Kong. The stewardess was a “beauty” with the smile of an angel. She brought Cronkite an imported beer and a copy of Saigon’s English-language rag, the Daily News. Cronkite was in heaven. The interior of the plane was white and clean. He had a pipe packed for a relaxing smoke. Wasn’t it wonderful to forget the Congo, Castro, and de Gaulle for a while? But then he read the stark headline: “Air Vietnam Stewardess Held in Airplane Bombing.” An uneasiness swept over him. He wondered, “Was my stewardess’s smile the smile of the cobra?” At that minute, no longer relaxed, Cronkite learned the fundamental truth about Vietnam: “One could not depend on things being what they seemed to be.”

Clearly, Brinkley's forthcoming book on Cronkite is going to be 816 pages of "he's a TV God" puff piece, if the summary is to be believed:

Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite. An acclaimed author and historian, Brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries, and other artifacts at the recently opened Cronkite Archive to bring detail and depth to this deeply personal portrait. He also interviewed nearly two hundred of Cronkite’s closest friends and colleagues, including Andy Rooney, Leslie [sic] Stahl, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Les Moonves, Christiane Amanpour, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer, Ted Turner, Jimmy Buffett, and Morley Safer, using their voices to instill dignity and humanity in this study of one of America’s most beloved and trusted public figures.

They could sell the book with much more verbal efficiency with this summary: "Tongue bath." 

Comments

#1 ⇒ That Julian Bond?

Is this the same Julian Bond who failed to speak up when Jesse Jackson whispered to him his wish to castrate candidate, Barack Obama?

I just saw that moment as one of shared envy.

But rest assured, Walter Cronkite would not have reported on that incident either. He didn't report on a similar comment in 1968.

#2 WHAT'S NEXT? AN ARTICLE LAUDING TAIL-FINS ON CARS?

I think this pretty much confirms that the entity once known as Newsweek has run out its time here on Earth.

#3 But now we know

Now we know that Cronkite was just a partisan hack democrat. Surprise, surprise. The sad part of knowing this now is how we were played as fools. Guess that is a lesson we should take to heart. Check, double check and check some more before believing anything the MSM say. We also know now that there are some so-called newspeople who should not be believed at all. Newsweek just happens to be one of them.

Maybe a dollar was too much to pay for Newsweek. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#4 Cronkite a god? No - a traitor!

So Walter Cronkite has been lionized again, this time by Newsweak magazine. Oh please! This man wasn't a god (no person is, of course - and that includes YOU, Ears!). Rather, he was a traitor! We could have won the Vietnam War if this idiot didn't decide to stick his big liberal ego in there...

#5 The voice of God to me was...

John Facenda narrating NFL Films, or George Burns as God himself! Cronkite was more like the other guy, down below!

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. BEN FRANKLIN

#6 Old Uncle Walter... It was

Old Uncle Walter...

It was like growing up with a lovable relative only to find out after you grew up that he was molesting your cousins. That slimy, rotting, SOB set the stage for the cesspool of liberal advocacy journalism we are plagued with today. I have no kind words for the snake-in-the-grass. He was the proverbial wolf in the fold, and we trusted the lying POS. God have mercy on his soul.

               A gun in your hand beats a cop on the phone.

#7 Dichotomy~

What many thought Cronkite was/represented and what he actually was doing on air...well, sadly -- in retrospect -- were two pretty different things.

"If not us, who? If not now, when?"
~Ronald Reagan

#8 walter cronkite

The man who, along with Henry Kissinger, helped America lose the Vietnam war. I remember ole Uncle Walt, going to Vietnam and coming home and telling us all is lost there. This set a tone in the media. They were kind of tepid when it was Johnson's war, but when it became Nixon's war, the media and the left went all out to insure that America lost. America didnt lose on the battlefields of Vietnam, we lost in the news rooms and the streets of America. And the enemy knew this.

If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#9 Try as you might, Newsweek...

Try as you might, Newsweek, you're NEVER going to turn Cronkite into Edward R. Murrow who was called, deservedly so, "the most trusted voice in America."

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

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