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July 18th, 2009
11:27 AM ET

Personal Memory of Walter Cronkite

There's a story behind the famous line "and that's the way it is."
CNN Newsroom writer Clint Deloatch recalls his days as a summer intern for CBS when Walter Cronkite anchored CBS Evening News.

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  1. ken mount

    Walter Cronkite dead.

    In Feb 1968 he went to Vietnam for a week. Then on the 27th he went on the air and said, "In the opinion of this reporter the war is hopelessly stalemated." His week in Vietnam did not tell him any more about Vietnam and its many battlefields than the description Nikita Kruschev gave of his fellow Politburo members going on a field trip to see the Soyuz rocket.. "They did everything but try to kick the tires." he said. "I'm surprised they didn't lick it."

    Cronkite trashed the effort and sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of Americans in Vietnam (wounded, dead, POWs) and set the pattern of the celebrity with an opinion, and a microphone. Go to hell, Walter Cronkite.

    July 18, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  2. Sue Sieklucki

    I was watching the coverage on Mr. Cronkite and can attest to seeing his presence upstage Mr. Ford on the campaign train through Michigan. He created excitement when he came out on the back of the train platform at a stop in Kalamazoo. I have told more people that I saw "Walter" than Mr. Ford that day. I do which the news was reported like it used to be. Walter holds the honors for reporting the news. Now days it is just personal commentary with political opinions and/or speculation. Walter should have run for presidency!! Thank you Mr. C

    July 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

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