• Walter Cronkite and World Government:

    July 20, 2009 at 12:18 p.m.

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    July 19, 2009 at 3:33 p.m.

  • Chris,
    that's understandable. Have a good weekend.

    July 18, 2009 at 10:46 p.m.

  • Chris-

    I do hope that the newspaper industry as we know it survives during this digital age. Family-owned dailies are a rarity, and the hands-on approach by the late Morris Roberts set the tone for the success of the Advocate and will be instrumental to its survival into the future.

    His commitment to both the quality of the final product and his dedication to employees was beyond reproach.

    July 18, 2009 at 10:31 p.m.

  • Chris Cobler wrote: "We have so many more choices now, but we're unhappier about them. When people speak derisively of the mainstream media, I'm never quite sure how they define it differently from yesteryear."

    What I feel many speak of is that today, anyone with a cell phone and laptop becomes an instant reporter. I am not speaking of any one particular television broadcasting company, newspaper or radio station, but I am certain you are familiar with the trend to which I am referring.

    Also, thanks to the technology we all choose to call progress, many have joined the fray and become instant internet news outlets with no qualifications whatsoever. Because of such, too many facts are skewed, too much information is misinterpreted -- and too many episodes of orchestrated mayhem give the entire industry a black eye.

    Thus, separating the wheat from the chaff becomes an issue for the everyday citizen who gets bombarded with tons of e-mails and blogs -- and knows not whom to trust or believe anymore.

    Other than a few holdovers (the Advocate should be thankful for the likes of David Tewes) from the days of real journalism, when pen and recorder -- not thumbdrives and satellite feeds -- remained primary tools of the trade, we're getting "news" from any warm body that has access to a cell phone, a laptop and spell-check, which apparently some don't even know how to use.

    Much of the blame must be attributed to the digital age and a society which yearns for instant gratification. As such, many established newspapers are folding. Of those that are still hanging on –- and again, I speak in generalities and not about any paper in particular -- many have been forced into employing skeleton crews to avoid bankruptcy. With money and day-to-day existence a prime factor, the deployment of untrained personnel into areas they are not capable of handling -- or at least not handling well -- becomes a necessary evil. Hence, mistakes are made, and the bottom-line is that the overall credibility ultimately suffers.

    Lastly, I must mention Wikipedia, one of the worst plagues this generation has seen. The material within is often unchecked and filled with comedies of errors. And because of the age we live in, some kids -- including college students -- try and use such material as references. Those in the education industry consider Wikipedia a joke at best. Yet scores of people flock to it daily, much like they do to blogs and twitters and other outlets of unsubstantiated blather.

    July 18, 2009 at 8:13 p.m.

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    July 18, 2009 at 6:54 p.m.

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    July 18, 2009 at 6:21 p.m.

  • Chris,
    Ok. Then why not have it on the web when some of us do not get the printed paper? I understand that not EVERYTHING in print can be put on the web, but, I feel that was more important as a lead story than Wally Gator. Just my two cents(with change).

    July 18, 2009 at 3:14 p.m.

  • The thing I remember most about Cronkite is how he condemned our military operations in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. He basically said we were defeated when in fact we had inflicted a major defeat on the Viet Cong and NVA.

    He destroyed what was left of public support for the war. This was the primary aim of the Tet Offensive - it was the beginning of the end for us in that war.

    He greatly encouraged the enemy and helped them out of a nearly hopeless situation while destroying our resolve to continue.

    Cronkite insisted that we negotiate an end to the war, but the NVA now knew they held a winning hand and stalled for time. LBJ's bombing halt later in 1968 was a god send for them and this was proven by the resumption of bombing in 1972.

    Unfortunately at the time we had no easy way of getting out, so what Cronkite did was prolong the conflict, this caused thousands of additional, unnecessary casualties.

    I always wondered, what the hell was Cronkite doing making military and political strategy. Is that reporting or trying to make the news? I say good riddance to a big blowhard jacka$$.

    And one more thing let's please not get into another war and then decide after the fact that we want out - Oh, maybe I'm little late with that one.

    July 18, 2009 at 2:49 p.m.

  • Walter Cronkite will be missed,

    I remember, tho my mom denies it ever happened,of getting home after my half day of kindergarten at Northside Baptist.

    My mom and one of the neighbor ladies where drinking coffee in the kitchen, I was watching TV.

    Walter Cronkite interrupted the show to say the president had been shot. Being 5 years old at the time, I went to the kitchen and told my mom and the neighbor lady that the president had been shot.

    My mom said "What are you talking about? Go back and play." So I said ok, and I did. At 5 years old the event didn't seem world changing to me I guess.

    July 18, 2009 at 2:31 p.m.

  • Walter Cronkite truly was one of the last of a dying breed, an individual who put integrity ahead of ego -- an individual who personified the word trust.

    Today's mainstream media pales in comparison. From the likes of Katie Couric -- who openly and unabashedly favors certain politicians and blatantly despises others -- to the mindless array of bloggers and twitters who have no grasp of real journalism, the profession as we knew it has suffered serious blows and is headed for obsolescence.

    It's a sad state of affairs but a legitimate reflection of today's ego-minded, agenda-based society.

    Rest in peace, Walter Cronkite.

    July 18, 2009 at 1:02 p.m.

  • It is truly a sad day in history, as well as, journalism.

    What I DON'T understand is why The Alligator takes precedence over Mr. Cronkite as the leading story on the Web? I mean, you go to, and there is the Gator-not Mr. Cronkite!
    Oh Well -------------------------------------------

    July 18, 2009 at 11 a.m.

  • How fortunate you are to have witnessed such an interview!
    I share your feelings. I miss the integrity of the Cronkites of old. The newsman who tell the news in an unbiased fashion & stick to the facts. Now we have entertainers who pass themselves off as newsman, telling their version of facts. News is also filtered, only certain stories make it to the public while others are buried. The owners of the news source have too much power over what is reported.

    July 18, 2009 at 10:51 a.m.