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Cronkite was 1st a print journalist. He learned to write fast, accurate & unbiased reports. His purpose was to get the facts fast & educate the public. He was a well-regarded. He moved to TV in 1950, when TV was becoming a legitimate source of news & current events. The term Anchorman" was coined for Cronkite when he served as the lead reporter at the 1952 Presidential Convention, the 1st Presidential Convention ever televised (1952. Yikes! That’s a .)
During the ’60s & 70s TV journalism grew up. Cronkite warned against the trivialization of the news. Cronkite & CBS treated the news division as a well-funded public trust. Cronkite made it his business to ensure public trust was justified.
Cronkite was a newsman, a journalist, an anchor, a guardian of the 4th Estate. Cronkite was a visual journalist whose stories reflected on events of the day. He kept his opinions to himself & left editorializing to others.
Cronkite’s voice lent gravitas to major events of the 20th century. & in reporting the facts Cronkite earned the title of the Most Trusted Man in America. He reported the Cold War. Kennedy Assassination & pursuant events. Man on the Moon (of which today is the 40th anniversary). King/Kennedy assassinations. Viet Nam & the Peace Movement. His rare ‘everyman’ perspective made sense of complex issues & brought them into perspective. He wasn’t a TV Personality competing for the story, the spotlight. When Cronkite spoke, people believed.
Cronkite retired from Anchorman in 1981, about the time the news became commercialized & a competition for the largest market share, the most sensational story. About that time the news ceased to be a public trust.
They don’t make ’em like Cronkite anymore. And that’s the way it is.
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