Monday, July 20, 2009

Walter Cronkite

I haven't talked about his death because reality is that American TV journalism died when he retired in 1981. Today, the buzzards of sycophantic government and corporate ass-kissing who replaced him celebrate Cronkite's career while spitting on what he did. And what he did was real, and true: He reported the truth. Not the government's truth, not corporate truth, not radical's truth, but the truth as he saw it based on the data that he and his reporters gathered.

We don't have that today. What we have today from TV "news" is propaganda from government and corporate shills thinly disguised as "news". If not for the Internet, there would be no outlet for real news in America today.

And that's the way it is.

-- Badtux the News Penguin


  1. Amen, brother. Amen. Uncle Walter was a real journalist.

    Frank Reynolds was another one. I remember when Regan was shot and he actually got angry at the speculation that was attempting to pass as news on the air.

    They belonged to a generation of American journalists that saw their career as a calling not a way to rake in the bucks.

    They are missed even by those who never saw them because their integrity is MIA these days.

  2. I've shed real tears about Walter Cronkite. I didn't do that for Michael Jackson. Maybe that just betrays my age. Or maybe it says something about what's really gone lost in the last 30 years.

    Thanks for this post, Badtux.

  3. I don't know who I miss the most... Walter Cronkite or Molly Ivins.


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