Walter Cronkite: News Anchor, or Global Propagandist?

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Jul 21, 2009 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Walter Cronkite: News Anchor, or Global Propagandist?

A recent Rasmussen Poll (http://www NULL.rasmussenreports NULL.com/public_content/lifestyle/people/july_2009/cronkite_far_better_liked_than_current_crew_of_tv_anchors) found that the late news anchor Walter Cronkite still commands a much higher approval rating than do today’s news anchors. 78% of those polled said they had a favorable impression of Cronkite, while only 12% rated him unfavorably. Interestingly, only 20% considered Cronkite liberal, while 37% considered him moderate and 17% conservative.

(http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=inu9vKXsrFA)Perhaps these viewers were unaware of Cronkite’s words on 19 October 1999, when he received the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award from the World Federalist Association. Accepting the award, Cronkite told the audience that “We Americans are going to have to yield up some of our sovereignty … to the better, greater union.”

He went on to say that Pat Robertson had written, “‘We should have a world government, but only when the Messiah arrives. [laughter from World Federalist audience] Any attempt to achieve a world order before that time must be the work of the Devil.’ Well, join me. I’m glad to sit here at the right hand of Satan” [applause].  (View Cronkite’s acceptance speech here (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=inu9vKXsrFA). Skip to 6:55 to see the comment above.)

So does this mean Walter Cronkite was a Satanist? No, I don’t think so; he was using rhetoric. But no true would say that, even in jest, nor would anyone else who respected the beliefs of Christian listeners. Cronkite’s remarks before this safely liberal audience demonstrate his utter contempt for the Christian religion and those who profess it.

Speaking before the same audience, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton praised Cronkite by saying (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=inu9vKXsrFA), “For more than a generation in America, it wasn’t the news until Walter Cronkite told us it was the news. … You became a trusted member of my family and the families across America.” (Skip to 8:00 in the video to see this comment.)

Newscasters don’t just tell us the news; they are in a unique position to influence public opinion. They do so by the news stories they select, the news stories they omit, the order in which they present the news, the nuances of wording they use, even their voice inflections and facial expressions while reading the news.

The point is this: Consider the sources before believing what you hear!

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