Saturday, July 18, 2009
Goodbye, Mr. Cronkite
It was only because of men like Walter Cronkite and Edward. R. Murrow (who recruited Cronkite for CBS News) that I ever began really paying attention to the news. Of course, that was back in the days when the news was seldom manipulated nor controlled.
I did not always agree with Walter Cronkite on some of his rarely voiced personal views, but I certainly respected the integrity of the man, and his broadcasting. He said, “There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.” Mr. Cronkite died July 17 from cerebrovascular disease.
I saw many similarities in the two men. Mr. Murrow is quoted as saying, “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.”
Mr. Cronkite said, “There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.”
“And that's the way it is.”