He hadn’t anchored the Evening News in nearly three decades, but Walter Cronkite set the standard for serious, authoritative network news. The stuff he covered was the biggest stuff of the 20th Century: from WWII to JFK, Apollo to Vietnam, Chicago ’68 to Watergate and the slow rot of America beginning in the mid-1970s.
At one point, Americans trusted him more than the president and vice president put together — of course, it was 1972 and the president and vice president were two of the sleaziest hucksters in World History, but still. Farewell, fellow Unipresser.
Here are some other historic and harrowing Cronkite broadcasts:
The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
The death of LBJ.
The (faked) moon landing.
First reports of JFK’s shooting and death.