News Legends, 2 U.S. Presidents Honor Walter Cronkite

Sep 9, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Television news executives and anchormen joined President Obama and former President Bill Clinton to memorialize CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, who died July 17 at the age of 92, according to the New York Times.

“I would venture to say there isn’t a person in this room, in this profession, who wasn’t inspired by Walter Cronkite, in some way, to go into the media,” said Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS Corp., at the memorial held today at Lincoln Center in New York.

Cronkite’s influence as the anchor of “CBS Evening News” “will never be duplicated,” said Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.

President Obama, whose remarks closed the event, disparaged today’s journalism as the “instant commentary and celebrity gossip and the softer stories that Walter disdained, rather than the hard news and investigative journalism he championed.”

–Lisa D. Horowitz

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