WALTER CRONKITE: THE END OF AN ERA – JULY 17, 2009

The end of an era is a term too often over-used.

But it is a term that is properly used when discussing the passing of Walter Cronkite. It is truly the end of an era in journalism.

No other journalist could do what Walter did.

He could calm a nation troubled by the assassination of its president.

He could warn the nation, and its president, of the quagmire in Vietnam.

He could rally the nation to do its best as seen with the space program.

And now the nation rightfully mourns his passing.

Among his many achievements, Walter was a good friend of Project Censored.

He once said, “Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.”

And he wrote the provocative introduction, “Let the Chips Fall Where They May,” for Project Censored’s 1996 Censored Yearbook.

He deserved the honor of being known as “The most trusted man in America.”

For that’s the way it was.