Cronkite vs Cronkite

Talk About a Difference of Opinion!

I read the New Yorker’s critic at large review of the new bio of Walter Cronkite before stumbling upon Chris Matthews’ take in the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review. Whoa! I thought for a minute they were talking about two different books, maybe two different men, both named Walter Cronkite.

Matthews gushes: “It was consummate Cronkite — unscripted, authentic and heartfelt. For 19 years, the anchor of ‘The CBS Evening News’ shared in our public grief and celebration. He was one of us, and Douglas Brinkley’s ‘Cronkite’ is a majestic biography of America’s greatest and most beloved broadcast journalist.”

Meanwhile, Louis Menand of Harvard in a bit of a rambling, unfocused, review uses other sources to debunk the David Halberstam contention that Uncle Walter was “the most significant journalist of the second half of the twentieth century.”
And that, by golly, LBJ may well NOT have said that if he’d lost Cronkite’s support for the Vietnam War then he had lost the country’s.

In picking up the ensuing controversy, Robert W. Merry of The National Interest cites Continue reading