The Wall Street Journal has an editorial that offers a critical look at the journalistic legacy of Walter Cronkite. This one is worth reading in full, but here’s an excerpt:
“The most important moment in his career came when he departed from the newsmanâ€™s role to play editorialist…
“Without the authority that derives from that trust, reporters get careless about objectivity, weakening the audienceâ€™s trust even further.
“The glory of Walter Cronkiteâ€™s career is that he did more than anyone to earn his viewersâ€™ trust and establish his professionâ€™s authority. The tragedy is that he also did more than anyone else to undermine them.”