I know many of the people who visit my blog aren’t old enough to remember Walter Cronkite. For some reason his death has bothered me more than the others. It feels like something important has died with him. Truly an end of an era. It’s hard to believe a news-man could be so trusted, especially in a world where today’s news comes off more like an article out of People magazine. (No offense to People.) But see the news didn’t used to be that way. When I was a kid, news-men like Walter Cronkite didn’t cover sensational stories. They covered what was happening in the country and around the world. Walter Cronkite in particular did a wonderful job of keeping his opinions out of his news stories. He gave you the facts, told you what you needed to know, and let you digest the information for yourself. If you didn’t like the truth, well, that was your problem. There are VERY FEW true news stations left in this country. Most skew toward one side or another. They distort facts instead of reporting on events. I never realized how much things had changed until I was in Oklahoma during the last L.A. riots. The ‘news’ Oklahoma was receiving looked a lot different than the news L.A. was broadcasting. The footage had been edited to make it look like a certain segment of the population was doing all the looting, when in fact the looters were made up of ALL nationalities. It was a real eye-opening moment for me and not something I would’ve expected to see when Walter was on the air. As he always said at the end of his broadcast, “And that’s the way it is.” Rest in Peace, Mr. Cronkite.
July 21st, 2009