Saturday, July 18, 2009
US TV newsreader Walter Cronkite dead at 92
The legendary US television anchorman Walter Cronkite has died today at the age of 92. Walter Cronkite was very much an American icon. I remember commenting about him once (after watching a clip of Walter Cronkite reading the news in a movie we were watching) to my English husband and he looked blank. Of course, he had never heard of Walter Cronkite! I remember being shocked that he didn't know who Walter Cronkite was. And then I felt silly because of course he wouldn't know about an American newsreader just as Americans don't know about British newsreaders. Walter Cronkite had a reputation as "the most trusted man in America", and I think in so many ways he was. His distinctive voice and his sense of authority always gave weight to his words and it was always comforting to hear him end his reports by saying, "and that's the way it is". President Barack Obama called him the "voice of certainty in an uncertain world". That's exactly how I felt when I listened to him. He was one of a kind.