After ninety plus years, Walter Cronkite has reached that final sign off, and "That's the way it is". He reported on Ted Kennedy's underwater driving at Chappaquiddick, the first Moon Landing, Nixon's resignation, and most infamously of all, he swayed a generation with his slanted reporting on Viet Nam
You may not be old enough to remember Cronkite pretending to interview Joan of Arc and other legendary historical figures during the early 1950's, but he would give the general details of history and what happened so long ago, and then the set up for the show saying "Everything you see here was as it happened that day, except... You Are There."
Cronkite was noted for becoming emotional on the air for the first time during the report of the JFK assassination and subsequent death at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas
In those far away times, there were only three networks, not the hundreds of television and cable choices and vast internet resources we have today. As a result, Cronkite had tremendous influence over public opinion and used it to promote his own liberal agenda and perspective
Fortunately, the genie is out of the bottle today and no one man can shape and censor the news as he once did, but in his day and in his time, he was seen as a giant and was given the outrageous title, "The Most Trusted Man in America"
Even to this day, VietNam veterans have strong feelings about his reporting of that war, and despite Robert McNamara's duplicitous propaganda, the United States was representing the qualities and ideals we have so long advanced as a nation of freedom loving people.
A larger than life figure whose time and shadow have now passed, now rests in the tender mercies of historians