Tributes Continue For Cronkite
July 20, 2009 at 12:55 PM (PT)
Tributes and memorials are continuing to pour in for WALTER CRONKITE, the legendary CBS news anchor who passed away FRIDAY evening.
The NAB issued a statement from EVP DENNIS WHARTON saying, "NAB mourns the passing of WALTER CRONKITE, who leaves an unmatched legacy of authoritative journalism. From moonwalks to WATERGATE, from political conventions to a presidential assassination, he was welcomed into 20 million American homes every night as television's trusted father figure. AMERICA has lost a hero, and broadcasting has lost an iconic ambassador for credible journalism."
"WALTER CRONKITE set a standard for all of us to follow, which was the truth whether it was the struggle of the Civil Rights movement, the travails of the VIETNAM War or questioning authority at its highest level," said NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS President BARBARA CIARA. "He was certainly a grandfather of journalism in its infancy and continued to make contributions throughout the rest of his life even into retirement."
FCC Commissioner MICHAEL COPPS said, "One of my fondest memories during my time at the FCC will always be the opportunity I had to get to know the legendary WALTER CRONKITE. I was privileged to visit with WALTER on several occasions and to imbibe some of the unmatchable feel he had for journalism and its crucial role in sustaining a healthy and vibrant democratic dialogue. On one occasion, in 2007, we shared a platform at a COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY forum on the future of the media. By then, WALTER had been speaking out for a number of years about excessive media consolidation and the declining resources that were going into journalism—particularly investigative journalism. He ended his remarks this way: 'AMERICA is the most prosperous and powerful nation in perhaps the history of the world. We can certainly afford to sustain a media system of which we can be proud.'
"I will miss this good and wise man. And the country will miss his sage counsel as we finally begin to grapple with the crisis in journalism that he saw coming long ago. We will best honor WALTER CRONKITE's memory by tackling this issue with the urgency it deserves."
Sirius XM Airs Tributes
SIRIUS XM RADIO aired an interview BARBARA WALTERS conducted with CRONKITE several times this weekend on SIRIUS XM STARS and will pay tribute to the newsman on WALTERS' show "HERE'S BARBARA" MONDAY evening at 6p ET. The satellite service is also re-airing the interview BOB EDWARDS did with CRONKITE on EDWARDS' debut show for XM PUBLIC RADIO in 2004, playing the talk back all day TODAY (7/20); EDWARDS' show will also mark the 40th anniversary of the moon landing with an interview with former astronaut ALAN BEAN.