Walter Cronkite is remembered one of the pioneers of nightly news anchors, as Walter Cronkite famously became the most trusted name in America. The likes of Rather, Brokaw, Jennings, and more are in debt to Walter Cronkite. However, Walter Cronkite is in the news right now for something a lot more depressing, as various reports and Internet rumors are spreading that Walter Cronkite is very ill. The 92-year-old Cronkite is now at the center of reports that he may be gone very soon.
The first to report on Walter Cronkite’s current condition was from Media Bistro’s TV Newser blog, as well as CBS News. Sources allegedly said that Walter Cronkite was “gravely ill” and that CBS has already started to update his obituary. Many other sources are probably doing the same now as we speak.
However, a spokeswoman for Cronkite has denied that he is in fact, gravely ill. Marlene Alder, Cronkite’s chief of staff, called these reports “wild rumors” and that Cronkite merely has the same health issues as any 92-year-old. But she says he is not at death’s door.
Whether he is or not, the tributes and memories of Cronkite around the Internet have already gotten started. If CBS has started updating his obit, then other networks are probably getting ready for it as well.
Twitter has already gathered some of Cronkite’s most famous broadcasts and posted links to them on YouTube. Among Cronkite’s famed reports from the 60’s was his denouncement of Vietnam, his report on Martin Luther King’s death, and of course, his breakdown over President Kennedy’s assassination.
If his time is to come, the news outlets will obviously talk about it a great deal, since Walter Cronkite was a legend in the news arena. The stories write themselves, about how he gained the trust of America in a time when there were only three networks, no 24 hour news, and no constant accusations of bias on one side or the other.
Pundits can also use Cronkite’s style to further decry the loud mouthed, biased, hysterical news personalities that have dominated the news since Cronkite’s day. But those personalities came up well after Cronkite left the news and handed CBS over to Dan Rather.
However, the tributes may or may not be very premature, since Walter Cronkite is still alive. But since the rumors are out there that he is ill, it’s hard to put such a news item back in the box, as Cronkite himself probably knows very well.
TV Newser- “Walter Cronkite Gravely Ill” www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/cbs/walter_cronkite_gravely_ill_119333.asp
Newsweek- “The Tweeting of Walter Cronkite” blog.newsweek.com/blogs/popvox/archive/2009/06/19/the-tweeting-of-walter-cronkite.aspx
1010 Wins- “Spokeswoman Denies Cronkite ‘Near-Death’ Rumors” www.1010wins.com/Spokeswoman-Denies-Cronkite–Near-Death–Rumors/4637006