Walter Cronkite


“Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–1981). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as ‘the most trusted man in America’ after being so named in an opinion poll. … Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase ‘And that’s the way it is,’ followed by the broadcast’s date. … In mid-February 1968, on the urging of his executive producer Ernest Leiser, Cronkite and Leiser journeyed to Vietnam to cover the aftermath of the Tet Offensive. They were invited to dine with General Creighton Abrams, the then commander of all forces in Vietnam, whom Cronkite knew from World War II. According to Leiser, Abrams told Cronkite, ‘we cannot win this Goddamned war, and we ought to find a dignified way out.’ Upon return, Cronkite and Leiser wrote separate editorial reports based on that trip. Cronkite, an excellent writer, preferred Leiser’s text over his own. On February 27, 1968, Cronkite closed ‘Report from Vietnam: Who, What, When, Where, Why?’ with that editorial report. …”
Wikipedia
NPR – Final Words: Cronkite’s Vietnam Commentary (Radio)
Cronkite’s Vietnam Blunder

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