Friday, July 17, 2009

RIP, Walter Cronkite

Back when Walter Cronkite was an anchorman, news was not entertainment -- and entertainment was not news. They were distinct and different entities. There were no 24-hour news channels -- and people weren't online tweeting and blogging and IMing breaking news to each other. Instead, the public turned in each night to get the real news -- from a real source.

Since Cronkite left the anchor desk at CBS Evening News in 1981, there has been a blending of news and entertainment -- and that's not for the better.

Cronkite was known as the most trusted man in America - when he spoke, people listened -- and believed. Flash forward to today, and our breaking news is coming from the likes of TMZ instead. Enough said.

If you're too young to remember -- take a look at this video of Cronkite announcing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. You will hear him get choked up a bit, but he managed to keep it together for the sake of the nation. He was so real. So human. And that's why he was so trusted. Not like so many of the fake talking heads of today's entertainment news.

Walter Cronkite, legendary newsman -- and a class act of a human being, died today at 92. Sadly, the news will never be the same again. And that's the way it is.

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