RIP Walter Cronkite, the “Most Trusted Man in America”

A great American journalist Walter Cronkite died this evening. For those of us who grew up in a day when there were only three television channels, Cronkite pioneered television journalism and became the “Most Trusted Man in America.” His influence was reflected in this quote from President Lyndon Johnson: “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.” Unlike so many of today’s so-called journalists, Cronkite did not aspire to be a pundit, but simply to tell it, in the phrase he used to sign off each evening, “the way it is.”

 Here is the bulletin CBS News bulletin this evening announcing Cronkite’s death:

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