Friday, July 17, 2009

Walter Cronkite - An Original Media Mensch

Walter Cronkite was the north star. He pointed the way with his humble, passionate intelligent reporting. He was my first real reporter and anchorman who I watched and listened to each night.

A true reporter from the Tiffany network. Something out of the world. He brought emotion and level-headedness to each broadcast.

Whether he was in the war zone in Vietnam or covering the launch of a spacecraft, he was the person of true authenticity and truth. We believed what he said, no spin zones allowed with Walter providing the news.

We gathered around the television for the good and the bad. The assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK all required a time for reflection and Walter Cronkite was able to hold up the mirror to allow the country to reflect. He was a leader who put his ego aside for the focus on the story. He knew a good story and he told it straight.

He is a true American Treasure and a Universal treasure as well. We take a moment to close our eyes and breathe in that truth and allegiance that he brought to his audience. Walter you and your style will be missed.

"And that's the way it is"