Cronkite by Brinkley

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and author of Cronkite, talks about his biography of the news anchor called "the most trusted man in America."

Comments [10]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Add to the list of journalists who come from the lap of luxury, Chelsea Clinton who works for NBC.

What about Maria Shriver?

May. 29 2012 12:08 PM

Prof. Brinkley just tangentially noted a very important point. Cronkite, David Brinkley and others started out poor or middle class.

This is no longer the case for many journalists. Anderson Cooper is right out of the lap of luxury. Cokie Roberts and others have had extraordinarily privileged backgrounds. No surprise that so much of contemporary journalism shows no understanding whatsoever of the conditions of average or poorer Americans.

May. 29 2012 11:40 AM
Ruth Miale

I haven't heard you touch this point so far:

Brinkley is such a big name in newscasting as well: David Brinkley.

Any relation?

May. 29 2012 11:38 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Wow, Cronkite's boss objected to his "that's the way it is" sign-off, out of concern that they could be misleading viewers into uncritically accepting their reporting? Those were the days...

May. 29 2012 11:36 AM
Arlo from manhattan

On the fifth annivrsary of the Apoll 11 Moon landing Cronkite concluded: "It turned out there never had been a race to the Moon.” As we learned in the following decade, the Soviet Union spent the equivaent of tens of billions of dollars to reach the Moon with cosmonauts (and almost did, in orbit). Why was Cronkite so wrong?

May. 29 2012 11:35 AM
Dennis Maher from Lake Luzerne

My favorite quote from Cronkite was only about a decade ago:
‘Two forces drive war: National pride and human loss. The first starts wars. The second sustains them. The first casualty creates an investment in blood that retreat would seem to dishonor.”

May. 29 2012 11:16 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

I remember as a very young boy growing up in 1950's Brooklyn watching the weekly (Sunday afternoons?) "The Twentieth Century" hosted by Mr. Cronkite.

I was very young, but I was very interested and engaged. I guess that was what lit my interest in world affairs and history.

Mr. Cronkite was always engaging and definitely had an air of dignity about him.

May. 29 2012 11:13 AM

What is Myla? Did the learned guy mean My Lai? Duh, close enough I guess.

May. 29 2012 11:11 AM
Robert from NYC

But we're all tired of Wolf Blitzer. I wish they'd get rid of him.

May. 29 2012 11:10 AM

Nowadays we have this image of Walter Cronkite almost overcome with emotion as he announces the death of JFK.
This is ironic in the fact that JFK felt Cronkite to be unfair to him in his reporting.
Perhaps Professor Brinkley would care to comment.

May. 29 2012 09:57 AM

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