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Walter Cronkite -- And That's the Way It Is

7/17/2009 9:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Legendary CBS broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite has died.

Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America" -- legendary for delivering the news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 and the lunar landing in 1969.

Three weeks ago Cronkite's family revealed he had been suffering for years with cerebrovascular disease and was not expected to recuperate.

Cronkite was the anchor of the CBS network news from 1962 to 1981. He was known for signing off by saying, "And that's the way it is."

Cronkite died at home in New York at 7:42 PM -- he was 92.





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P G    

even now when there is real news going on i still wish i could turn on a tv and have mr. cronkite report about it.
as far as the few that are posting bad comments ignore them if you respond to them you are giving them what they want and they will feed off of this.
rest in peace mr. cronkite. you will be sorely missed

1893 days ago
152.

fun    

that's the way it is, As i say : only best men have to die early. The monkey ones later.

1893 days ago
153.

canuck    

Re: comment submitted by Memories--what a wonderful, touching thing to say about Walter Cronkite, and what a fond memory you have of him. Wonderful!

1893 days ago
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Fred    

Credit to TMZ for putting the CBS tribute to Cronkite up. There are obviously many TMZ users who are too young to have known how integral people like Cronkite, John Chancellor, etc., were in delivering the news during some very difficult times. Cronkite was not just a reader of news; he was a presence, a talent, a calm voice during some uncalm times.

1893 days ago
155.

Rock God     

just a dead left winger who cares......

1893 days ago
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bababoozer    

Some jaded people under 30 may not give a rat's ass, but they've lost the knowledge of the way things were during INCREDIBLE times of the 20th Century. Never has mankind been so thorough in capturing history as it happens and saving it for posterity, and Walter was there for most of it. From an experienced journalist then, to those that today speak of Octomom and John & Kate in the Evening News, it is WE that have suffered the biggest loss with the death of Mr. Cronkite.

1893 days ago
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a long time Leno fan!    

Its amazing how little we think of our previous news anchors. I read earlier that he thought he was going to be invited to do remote news stories once be retired yet he was not invited. After he gave his life for his craft, his ratings to contribute in making many he worked for so wealthy, they didn't even have it in them to thank him for his services by allowing him to put projects together. I remember when he and Dan Rather almost overnight were considered over the hill and subsequently dropped from their on-air duties.

He was such a normal newsman in his day. You actually felt you had a connection to him because you saw him every night, and he presented the news in a unbiast fashion.

Rest In Peace Walter Cronkite.

1893 days ago
158.

SP    

This was before the media starting being biased toward certain parties & just cover up for liberal democrats. Back in Walters day they really investigated & reported the news truthfully. Oh for the good old days when you could some what trust the media. Now it is just propaganda machine.

1893 days ago
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annie    

CLASS. SOMETHING THAT IS GETTING MORE RARE EVERY SECOND. RIP WALTER.

1892 days ago
160.

Gia    

The CBS tribute was beautiful. A true gentleman and class act. Too bad we'll never have another Uncle Walter.

R.I.P. Mr. Cronkite

1892 days ago
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spogo    

at least he was a REAL NEWS PERSON. There is no news anymore, its al this crap, tmz, perez hilton entertainment tonight. all crap. Jounalism died in this country a long time ago, but Mr Cronkite was a true journalist. His brand of journalism is gone forever I am afraid.

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