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Monday, January 16, 2006

Irrelevant Newsmen Making Idiotic Statements

"The most trusted man in America" has made a call for the troops to come home. On a day where the Times was nailed for a phony photo, Walter Cronkite has popped his head back up on the radar screen to echo the senitments of John Murtha and the antiwar Left.

Former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, whose 1968 conclusion that the Vietnam War was unwinnable keenly influenced public opinion then, said Sunday he'd say the same thing today about Iraq.

"It's my belief that we should get out now," Cronkite said in a meeting with reporters.

I'm sure the troops appreciate these sentiments as much as the ones fighting in Vietnam did. Was it not Walter Cronkite who proclaimed that the Tet Offensive was a "draw?" This is a man that has been left-of-center for a good majority of his career, even biting back at others on the Left such as Pres. Johnson during the Vietnam War.

Now 89, the television journalist once known as "the most trusted man in America" has been off the "CBS Evening News" for nearly a quarter-century. He's still a CBS News employee, although he does little for them.

What a coincidence? He did little for the nation when he was reporting the "news," and he does so little for the nation now, especially with knuckleheaded remarks like this one.

Cronkite said one of his proudest moments came at the end of a 1968 documentary he made following a visit to Vietnam during the Tet offensive. Urged by his boss to briefly set aside his objectivity to give his view of the situation, Cronkite said the war was unwinnable and that the U.S. should exit.

Was there ever a time where this man didn't set aside his journalistic "objectivity?" He didn't seem too fair, or balanced to me. And I'm not the only one who thinks that. Walter Cronkite reminds me of Helen Thomas--old, bitter, partisan, and utterly irrelevant.

Then-President Lyndon Johnson reportedly told a White House aide after that, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America."

The best time to have made a similar statement about Iraq came after Hurricane Katrina, he said.

"We had an opportunity to say to the world and Iraqis after the hurricane disaster that Mother Nature has not treated us well and we find ourselves missing the amount of money it takes to help these poor people out of their homeless situation and rebuild some of our most important cities in the United States," he said. "Therefore, we are going to have to bring our troops home."

Way to go! Because of the gross mismangament of funds to New Orleans, and the grossly inept way in which the levees were built and reinforced, we should pull the troops off of the battlefield, and bring them home to save money? This is the same doddering old fool that proclaimed we shouldn't cut taxes, but raise them so we could pay off the deficit. We are winning in Iraq. We are winning in Afghanistan. And that means that the Left is losing here in America.

Iraqis should have been told that "our hearts are with you" and that the United States would do all it could to rebuild their country, he said.

Pretty easy to say "our hearts are with you" when their heads are being lopped off, and their bodies are being blown up by the terrorists in Iraq that are doing anything and everything they can to destabilize the government there. I guess our hearts were with the people of South Vietnam when we pulled out completely in 1975, and Saigon fell.

"I think we could have been able to retire with honor," he said. "In fact, I think we can retire with honor anyway."

Cronkite has spoken out against the Iraq war in the past, saying in 2004 that Americans weren't any safer because of the invasion.

Really? No terrorist attacks on US soil since 11 Sept. Democracy being born in Iraq and Afghanistan. And according to "Uncle Walter,' we're not safer? I think at 89, sinility has finally set in for him.

Cronkite, who is hard of hearing and walks haltingly, jokingly said that "I'm standing by if they want me" to anchor the "CBS Evening News." CBS is still searching for a permanent successor to Dan Rather, who replaced Cronkite in March 1981.

"Twenty-four hours after I told CBS News that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday I was already regretting it and I've regretted it every day since," he said. "It's too good a job for me to have given it up the way that I did."

Yeah, that's a good idea. Trade in Dan Rather for another Dan Rather. Yep, I see CBS just knocking on his door to take him up on that offer. This is also the man who proclaimed, at the height of Rathergate, that, "I am dumbfounded that there hasn't been a crackdown with the libel and slander laws on some of these would-be writers and reporters on the Internet." And, of course, who can forget this twisted piece of logic: "I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that."

Slander and libel? Excuse me? At least bloggers--when they get something wrong in a report they post--will issue a retraction and/or an apology. This is something that is becoming less frequent in the MSM. Finding a correction, retraction, or an apology in a newspaper is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, and you can forget about the MSM's TV divisions. Dan Rather may have said "sorry" to the nation for his phony report, but he still maintains the story was true in interviews after the fact. Likewise, so does his wacky producer, Mary Mapes.

And there is competition in the media. FOX has challenged the cable outlets, and is waxing them seven ways from Sunday. A bongo drum has had better days in comparison. The competition in the print media is coming from us, and bloggers like us. So, "Unlce Walter" needs to find whatever rock he crawled out from under, and go back there. He has no clue. He's like the Party of Clouseau on the march off the cliff.

Walter Cronkite would better serve this nation if he were to keep quiet until his death. Then the MSM can laud his accomplishments the way the Senate Judiciary Committee applauded Justice O'Connor's achievements. He'll go down in MSM folklore as "America's anchorman," and, of course, no one will say anything overly bad about him then. We just don't speak ill of the dead, unless there is something truly egregious that they have committed. But, all in all, he is only serving the antiwar Left in thenation. He is not serving the troops, or the cause they fight for. Amazing how history repeats itself, isn't it?

Publius II


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admit that walter conkite fooled me for a while although I didn't buy into his "give up" in Nam. He was wrong then and he's wrong now. He should keep his mouth shut. He's a disgrace to America. For shame. Rawriter

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