Walter Cronkite dies at 92

While I was on the road yesterday I wasn’t watching the news or listening to the radio much so I missed this news: Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92.

Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the U.S. 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.

I’ve had issues with Cronkite and his pronouncements over the past several years and I remain convinced that his reporting and that of his MSM colleagues were responsible for the catastrophic cut in support of our allies in the Vietnam War. However, only a fool would dismiss his contributions to news reporting over his career, especially in the realm of television. He saw with his own eyes so many things that rate their own mention in the history books and he worked diligently to bring those events into the living rooms of the average American family. Good or ill, failure or victory, Cronkite sought to bring us the story

Walter Cronkite, 1916 – 2009. “And that’s the way it is…” 1