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A Reporter's Life by Walter Cronkite
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Sep 28, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2010

A good autobiography on what is now an extinct breed: The great professional journalist. No longer will anyone in journalism have the reputation or credibility that Cronkite had during his prime. What replaces him these days cannot even compare. It is amazing to read how Cronkite saw the world, being a direct observer to some of the greatest events of the 20th century. Now, was Cronkite perfect...no. His commentary on Vietnam has been decried by several in the military and he made no secret of his political leaning (Democrat)...but in his reporting, most would agree, left and right, that he was a man who could be counted on to give you the straight story. It is unfortunate, given the pervasiveness of 24/7 media, that men like him don't appear to exist. Then again, reading Cronkite's work, he foresaw this...the dangers of 24/7 news outlets and how it would degrade the quality of journalism. It is a shame that it came to fruition.
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