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July 18th, 2009
03:26 PM ET

Remember a Journalism Giant

We're remembering journalism giant, Walter Cronkite, who died Friday evening at age 92.

His influence on generations of journalism students has been profound.

Founding Dean of the Cronkite School of Journalism Christopher Callahan joins me from Phoenix.

Walter Cronkite's voice gave credence and authority to more than just the news.

He also used his famous pipes in a documentary about italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi. Chris Seufert, producer and founder of Mooncusser Films, worked with Cronkite on the project.

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  1. Bea

    As an American of Italian decent, my life experiences have shaped me and my views, positions and decision-making process. I was impressed with Sonya Sotomayor's dignity, poise and her handling of the good-ole' boys' sometimes irrelevent questions; bravo to her. I look forward to her bringing her life experiences as well as her extensive judicial experience to the Supreme Court. Are we not all shaped by lives we have lived?? This is a no-brainer!

    July 18, 2009 at 3:49 pm |

    Re Judge Sotomayor's remark "A Wise latino Woman etc.,etc .."

    After watching Sessions, Cornyn, Kyl,, Coburn, etal and yes, even Graham ... as an American "White Woman" born in the South ... I've come to the conclusion. . ANY WOMAN WOULD MAKE A BETTER DEICISION THAN THESE MEN !!!!!

    People Actually VOTED for these men ?????

    July 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  3. John

    I understand that who sits on the high court is important, however for the average American we have no say, the government appoints and the government sits who will be there, I listened to Charmaine Yoest and what she said is just typical, If it was not Sotomayor then it would be someone else and still someone would come on TV and disagree with that person. I think Americans have alot more to be concerned about like jobs and homes. I am so tired of listening to people having alot to say about nothing. None the less I am happy to see that the high court is starting to look more like America with different people and races instead of just good ol boys.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  4. Christopher C. Gagliardi

    Walter cronkite was a diamond that was rare to find in journalism. Walter cronkite was like a father to all who wanted to know from him what was going on. When he told us about John F. Kennedy's passing, he was like a soothing medicine to heal a wounded heart, when we landed on the moon and set foot on it for the VERY first time, we felt his joy. ... Read MoreWhen the war in vietnam made everyone angry, Walter expressed to us how he felt. I think that Mr. Cronkite was a one of kind gentleman who's voice gave us joy and more. I will miss him beyond words. Good night sweet prince, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest thou good and faithful servant. And that's the way it was: Friday July 17th, 2009, The day Walter Cronkite "Signed off" from this world and "Signed on" in the next one. Good night Walter and thank you.

    July 18, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  5. Michael

    As someone who practiced broadcast law, I feel a kinship with the community, and am perplexed at how the pop-culture mania over Michael Jackson can have reached the frenzy it did, while the loss of such a persistently influential figure as Walter Cronkite is treated as another obit.

    As someone who idolized Edward R. Murrow, and his progeny, of whom Mr. Cronkite was #1, it should be a day–nay–a month of rebroadcasts of his documentaries–See It Now, Twentieth Century, CBS news specials–his tear-reddened eyes on November 22, 1963, the moon landing coverage, the evacuation of Saigon. THe next generation of Americans should see these, not to worship Cronkite, but to understand the capacity of quality journalism to educate while informing–as opposed to feeding the meter with fill until the next commercial break.

    July 19, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  6. kendall

    i think we need a very open none politicaly correct, yet respectful discussion. we need be able to discuss a number of diffrent issues and views in order to start a healing process i think many times when we get together as races its more often than not at the work place or somewhere to offensive to have a constructive debate. so we sugar coat a lot may be out fear of work related recourse. we never get to what we all discuss behind close doors on both sides. i think the honesty would initially hurt alot of feelings but in the end it would help us all to understand each other.

    July 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm |

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