The crankpots and "bubble-headed bleach blondes" on the various networks today could never hold a candle to Walter Cronkite.
He was the very last of what was, without a doubt, a credible, ethical, and professional news reporter.
Rest in peace, Walter.
he was probably most well known anchor in our history..i know he retired to cape cod or somewhere near there...i watched a clip of when he announced JFKs death, it was very moving to watch him...i would not be surprised if he was liberal as [censored] but he wasnt biased as a journalist...true professional like brokaw...and a dying breed
Yup! Not the headline reading news men of today that will sell their mother for a story.
We had different standards back then. I'd say that most broadcast journalists took their role seriously and tempered themselves along the lines of excellence in terms of editorial latitudes.
I'd say that back in his day it was more of a competition for quality in broadcasting and not quantity. That is, you put out as good a product as you could to attract the ratings, not react to the ratings to configure your intellectual product.
Then again, that could just be more of my impression of things.