Breaking News
Nagaland Post Logo
You are here:  Skip Navigation LinksHome » Show story
US news legend Cronkite dies
WASHINGTON, JUL 19 (AGENCIES):
:
Published on 19 Jul. 2009 11:37 PM IST
Print  Text Size
 

President Barack Obama led tributes yesterday to the legendary American TV newsman Walter Cronkite after his death in New York at the age of 92. For almost two decades, Cronkite, who had suffered from a long illness, presented the nation’s most popular news programme, the CBS Evening News. His authoritative reports on an era that included the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the battle for civil rights and the Apollo 11 moon landing led to him being voted ‘the most trusted man in America’. He was also one of the world’s first celebrity journalists, earning more than $1million a year. After his retirement from CBS in 1981, he became a familiar figure to British viewers when he was hired by ITV to cover the 1983 General Election and interviewed the victorious Margaret Thatcher. In a statement from the White House, President Obama praised Cronkite as the ‘voice of certainty in an uncertain world’. He added: ‘He was someone we could trust to guide us through the most important issues of the day. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down.’ Known for his steady and straightforward delivery, his trim moustache, and his iconic sign-off line ‘That’s the way it is’, Cronkite dominated US television news during one of the most volatile periods of American history. Though the gravelly-voiced broadcaster claimed he was politically neutral, his talent for capturing the mood of mainstream America allowed him to shape, as well as report, events. When he announced President Kennedy had been shot, he removed his thick black glasses and appeared to be fighting back tears. Five years later, he criticised the Vietnam War, saying that the US was ‘mired in stalemate’ and advocating a negotiated peace. His report is said to have convinced Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon Johnson, not to seek re-election. Cronkite wrote in his memoirs A Reporter’s Life that Johnson flipped off the TV and lamented: ‘If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.’ In 1990, he attacked the US and British decision to invade Iraq, warning: ‘The entire Arab world has now put us down as an enemy.’

 
Comments:(0) Login or Register to post your Comment
(Available for registered users only)
 
 
 
News:
Date:
 
More News