Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam War’



July 24, 2009


Calm down. I explain the title in the third paragraph.

I wasn’t a big evening news watcher when I was younger. Being a professional musician, that time of day was usually spent traveling to a gig or, if it was local, getting ready for one. I do remember a few news anchors that really stood out as the best of the best: David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, and of course, Walter Cronkite.

When I did have the opportunity to watch him, Walter Cronkite seemed like a young grandfather, teaching me about current events of the day. I never questioned the veracity of his reports. “Grandpa” was the embodiment of truth.

So when I learned – a week ago – Walter Cronkite was a liberal, I was dumbfounded.  I learned this while watching “Hardball” with Chris Matthews. This is when I also learned that Richard Nixon called him “The Best of a Bad Lot.”

Those of us who watched his evening broadcasts would have never known Walter’s political bias. To my knowledge, Richard Nixon never said anything about it publically.

The broadcasts below are vivid in my mind. Like millions around the country and the world, I can remember exactly where I was during all of these moments.

Before we get to Walter’s broadcast, let’s listen one more time Neil Armstrong’s famous words, as they were spoken:

After retiring from broadcasting, Walter discusses the Vietnam War – something he very rarely editorialized on his broadcasts during the war.

We could always count on Walter Cronkite to tell us the truth.

Now, we have to research it for ourselves.

Peace be with you, “Grandpa.”