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November 2012 Edit:

Apologies for missing image files in these older comments (2005 and earlier), but, after this site was moved from one server to another and then moved again before settling down on my current host in 2005 or thereabouts, many older posts such as here resulted in broken links due to site reassignment of file locations. All the image files still exist as saved by me but I have not quite completed editing all older posts, as here, to restablish image files — but I will do so this month.

From the Drudge Report


“Former CBSNEWS anchorman Walter Cronkite…smiling…said he is ‘inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing.'”

Unfortunately, I am now wondering if but what the influences upon our culture and me as a youth growing up viewing Cronkite on the CBS Evening News and believing what he said, if but what it’s all been this same irrational, irresponsible upset instead, from a man of disturbed psychology, such as Cronkite now appears to be, manipulating and misleading via figurehead.

All that trust before the screen, so misplaced through youth and afterward, upon a source now revealed as so disturbed: the myths that now are what CBS used to be, the reality instead of irresponsible hacks with all that audience, so reckless, so violate.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    If you saw the interview, you’d see that he was halfway joking in a tongue-in-cheek way.

    Have a look at the transcript rather than just one out-of-context line:

    KING: OK, Walter. What do you make of this?

    CRONKITE: Well, I make it out to be initially the reaction that it’s a threat to us, that unless we make peace with him, in a sense, we can expect further attacks. He did not say that precisely, but it sounds like that when he says…

    KING: The warning.

    CRONKITE: What we just heard. So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit.

    In fact, I’m a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing.

    The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign.

    KING: Are there enough undecideds to tilt this? Or what do you think of the whole election picture?

    CRONKITE: Well, I think it’s one of the biggest messes we’ve had in a long time. I believe that we’re undoubtedly not going to know the results of this election.

  2. -S- says:

    Well, I read the whole transcript already. And I watched the whole interview, twice.

    My opinion and evaluation about Cronkite stands: his comments are entirely and awfully irresponsible and quite entirely terrible. As is Cronkite, at this point, about whom I am fully disillusioned. Best to accept a person for who they are and then move on. Cronkite is a sick person, and I suspect, at this point, either is negatively affected by some late onset mental impairment (in which case, his comments can be excused a bit but he shouldn’t be in any position if that’s so to influence anyone, particularly over the air), or, he’s just letting his personality peek through the performance. In that latter case, he’s been fooling a lot of people for a long time, me included.

    But, thanks for that cut’n’paste. But, a tip: a link to the transcript would suffice, normally.

  3. -S- says:

    What better framing do Democrats such as Cronkite have to make as to suggest that the election “will never be decided”? It’s entirely irresponsible, nearly demented speech.

    Voter reform is necessary at this point but then we have the Democrats who don’t want anyone to be asked for identification, even don’t want them to be asked to prove addresses, citizenship or even whether they are alive or deceased. In which case, there is an ongoing abuse of the voting process — and Democrats have no room, none at all, in this area to attempt to accuse Republicans of “disenfranchising voters,” given the abundant history past and present of Democrats questionable behaviors in this regard, if not criminal in some cases — and if that’s what Cronkite is referring to, then he’s right, but it’s an odd thing for Democrat Cronkite to express.

    Among the other more problematic comments.

  4. -S- says:

    Well, THAT link (top of comments) lends an entirely horrible and unique dimension to “Puff the Magic Dragon,” something I’d never imagined before or otherwise, prior to reading THAT news, that Peter Yarrow of PeterPaulAndMary was a convicted child molestor!Horrible! And Kerry named him as godfather to his own daughter! Even more horrible! Maybe we should really, really press for a last minute release of Kerry’s full military record.