The Life and Career of Walter Cronkite
Author Douglas Brinkley on his new book, “Cronkite.”
- Duration 8:44
- Date Jun 4, 2012
Author Douglas Brinkley on his new book, “Cronkite.”
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I'm doing -- -- Saint Louis.
Are you all -- well I -- ice skate the East Coast are accepted now.
DC doing media announced kinetic kids.
Went up to Boston but now home you don't -- Cronkite was from Missouri some doing and -- Saint Louis tonight and then -- indicated the city which was -- context.
-- -- -- Former talk about to market dedicated -- to Brian lamb in the late David Halberstam marijuana my favorite Marshal all time the power's ability.
They have that that just love the -- the powers that be in fact I was with.
I got to cover stems from hunter Thompson -- -- sector -- introduced.
Halberstam to his current wife for your coverage -- couple years spectrum but to exploit so I got to -- -- group of friends in a week he -- on a New Orleans.
And one time I was driving with David from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to to a book festival.
Together we're talking about journalism and I told we're -- -- -- stop the powers that be I thought everybody focuses on best and the brightest.
But but the powers would be just sit knocked out both.
Media history is not.
And then we he he made equipped to meet that he felt the most significant journalist steps it is -- of the Cold -- -- -- really was Walter -- And I was a bit taken aback -- would have thought it's -- he -- -- Joseph also put somebody like that.
And I thought about a little abusive somebody should do a biography of a trip with my agent -- nobody was soon.
With a bit of serendipity -- -- just -- needed.
All of this papers -- he was so Great Depression -- graphic trove of papers to the University of Texas at Austin.
And I just with a couple miles from where -- -- are so it became a perfect project forward.
Some downside is -- I was announced our.
Why are you decided to do and don't.
Yeah that was the pragmatic or we have three kids eat and I still have -- -- -- three kids -- and under now tourist service project you're instance.
-- didn't wanna be it will hold more so when you have.
For what I do you know there's like Walter Cronkite during World War II -- mean he was reporter to the united press.
On been -- embedded with their -- air force and so -- go on bombing missions over Germany he'd have to take over the the government that they were if that plane was shot or -- -- -- high altitude somebody Pakistan out.
-- he he would.
Winning in crashed in with the glider -- in what's known as operation market curtain.
Into a well Holland potato field and almost died in -- reported from their if you -- heavy duty.
World War II correspondent for united impressed but while it -- during the worries away from his wife Betsy.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- So -- writer about a letter every 48 -- worse they knew we'd seen those before so just a letter World War II letters -- loan I had just a stack of the on the Cronkite and -- the principal UP reporter -- the Nuremberg trials.
After the war ended win over to Moscow and ran our Cold War desk for -- dumpster in them early during the Stalin's reign.
-- was far more.
Significant than you thought.
Even wanna commerce and I'm a single amount has been as a influential as -- -- Yeah that's it eight he got me Halberstam was spot on.
And indeed you know -- because then once he gets into.
Does some radio -- other things but once by 1951.
He's doing TB student and a broom closet.
The WT OP.
In Washington had about 3000.
You were so just the DC area but he got a lumber company to support his TV show.
And people started recognizing him and -- -- -- -- TV boom you know I equate.
The -- to TV in the fifties to look what happened in the Clinton years in 1983.
We had almost nobody emailing in 1993 -- by the time Clinton leads.
-- at the end of two terms it's zero billion emails going around the world and our it was.
And they were in neighbors that way with TV it's you know I mean it just took proper Cronkite was utility guy in the fifties.
In the state -- the Soviets could see have all -- World War II aviation.
Credentials does reporter he knew all those guys in the in the -- that the you know.
Pilots and engineers rocket wizards.
And then he wrote that that it's saying really -- Alan Shepard in seamlessly with John -- and then.
62 Cronkite became anchor because he -- marathon broadcast to John Glenn.
All of America -- -- Hewitt did a lot of great commercial poised for Cronkite.
You it would go on that found sixty minutes.
And done in April of 1962 Cronkite was given taken this CBS news anchor spot away from Douglas -- words.
And then -- the history grew -- Kennedy assassination Vietnam Watergate and beyond.
The talk regard Bradley who's written a wonderful Blogosphere Walter Cronkite.
That -- hello.
Gives -- build that digital wacky side of the clock right there we all there's to hear about the -- -- out in your investigation on him.
Well he would had a lot of eccentricities sending -- -- above.
Speed to believe that's one of the reasons he was good -- -- he really got into it.
He'd that he would have -- -- would go on the weekends and almost crashed and died in the smoky mountains.
-- -- -- in the when he became anchor they may didn't stop.
On auto racing and that's when he took up failing which became -- great passion and eventually killed every -- mean he would pity.
He would win win all from the very he covered the whole anywhere you could -- in the United States Europe -- borders Cronkite went.
But he was a heavy drinker or at least a drinker apart after work -- Makers Merck's starchy and he liked operating out of borrowers.
Were he would collect information to people -- -- went.
And he never was a primadonna.
So he wherever he went he would work with the other he'd he kept an allegiance to these wire -- reporters.
Any -- that there material was.
More factual than anybody else CP you can.
And it was so generally upon which he which he sought to.
And -- tell -- just filthy jokes constantly.
Oh they couldn't he just blow them in their -- used in this book which surprised me it's.
The rather one was when rather when Cronkite stepped down in march of 81.
That that we care when -- citi's payments could -- the rather teams stripped the newsroom they rip down the Cronkite -- in they.
But eventually turned it incorporates anchor desk in the poll would in they removed the sheer Bob Schieffer came in on that Saturday -- it -- Walters cheer.
And today he could be you know damage bring back Walter stare me that's ridiculous what are we moving video that's -- became that sort of thing.
And then rather wouldn't sit in the chair so if you YouTube rather's first -- -- As -- -- anchor Cuba's like that it is Bob Schieffer told me look like -- receptacle rapper.
He just stood up with -- -- cross 'cause he wouldn't sit in the Cronkite cheer.
It it's so that it started that way and then Walter Cronkite have been given -- in the retainer to stay on CBS.
Thinking he was gonna be kind of becoming -- being the -- old -- from time to time but he got.
Cold shoulder to -- out by the rather crowd.
On the Walter we did this -- -- regretted deeply that he would step down and realized that he'd been and so -- and so all of you didn't know what to do with themselves not being down.
And a great bitterness grew to rather he he said Cronkite that they're just a recount of in sincerity.
Now hours on -- I mean are norm norm for yours here's senator on our sought it was a phony and children.
-- -- -- as the best seller goes.
They're one of our favorite drill some.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thank you already mentioned Brian lamb and the reason also dedicating -- -- -- -- Who is the most trusted man in journalism today and that's that's the guy.
That is according to gotta love him Brian -- -- keeping deeper trouble -- country every day that's circuit to be at 200 years and of course will be grabbing these these spit take you know I'm.