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So did the Most Trusted Man in America manipulate the news?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by GuessWho, May 14, 2010.

  1. GuessWho

    GuessWho Active Member

    I grew up watching Walter Cronkite and was a big fan. Still am. But this is interesting.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts2067

    Legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite allegedly collaborated with anti-Vietnam War activists in the 1960s, going so far as to offer advice on how to raise the public profile of protests and even pledging CBS News resources to help pull off events, according to FBI documents obtained by Yahoo! News.
     
  2. YGBFKM

    YGBFKM Guest

    No shit.
     
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    He never did what he didn't get caught at.
     
  4. Tucsondriver

    Tucsondriver Member

    If true, which I assume, they're no better than FOX. This also lends some credibility to Bernard Goldberg's depiction of a politically charged culture at CBS.
     
  5. CR19

    CR19 Member

    Even one of the most trusted journalists in America deliberately influenced the news. That says a lot about the place (or lack thereof) for ethics in journalism.
     
  6. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    How do I know Hoover's FBI didn't manipulate this report?
     
  7. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    With Smasher on this one. Cronkite can't offer a defence.
     
  8. CR19

    CR19 Member

    Good point. When I think about it, Cronkite thought more of ethics during his prime than any commentator these days.
     
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't they have used it against him then?

    You really think there plan was to produce some false evidence against him and hold onto it for 40 years?

    Why, that's diabolical.
     
  10. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    Used what against him? When?

    The FBI files are littered with bullshit fourth-hand fictions like these.

    J Edgar Hoover: the closeted, cross-dressing embodiment of American paranoia.
     
  11. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Anyone who has heard Cronkite talk over the years knows the man is an unabashed liberal when it comes to certain topics. That said, I still enjoyed him as CBS News anchor.
     
  12. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    And regardless of any liberal-conservative stance, it's likely the war was a hopeless quagmire in his eyes, and he just reported it as such. I'm sure there were at least a few staunch conservatives who saw it as such.

    Ivory tower ethics aside, human beings report these things, and it's impossible to set aside every bias 100 percent of the time.
     
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