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Walter Cronkite 1916 - 2009

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True Legend Has Passed

In a news conference this evening Marlene Adler, confirmed Walter Cronkite died at 7:42 PM (EST) at his Manhattan home surrounded by his family. Before she left the conference, apparently overwhelmed, she stated the cause of death was cerebral vascular disease. Later in the day in a candid interview with CNN former ABC anchor Dan Rather said, “He was literally a living legend and now a legend in memory… In many ways; many important ways he defined the ways of a network anchor.”

Ben Cable on CMN stated, “As a young teenager I watched Walter Cronkite wave as he passed underneath the drawbridge of the Mystic River in Connecticut. Each day, on the appointed hours, Mystic River Bridge was slowly raised to permit water vessels to pass. It was a parade of the finest on water and a minor inconvenience for those waiting to cross the bridge. Nothing stood out more than Walter Cronkite’s yacht. It was not his sleek boat that grabbed residents’ and tourist’s attention it was his strong gleeful wave to everyone waiting to pass the bridge; a heartfelt cry resonated amounts the people waiting to pass over Mystic drawbridge as they recognized their highly respected ABC reporter Walter Cronkite.  Little did I know at the time I would try my best to emulate the same principles of journalism integrity he represented in his career including emotion. Today I raise my hands to wave him on his beautiful new venture.”

Cronkite is quoted, “Broadcast journalism is never going to substitute for print,” he said. “We cannot cover in depth in a half hour many of the stories required to get a good understanding of the world.”

With Walter Leland Cronkite’s passing, a phenomenal man has been lost to his family, news colleagues and the public.  Cronkite set the stepping stones through his work and integrity for standards in new media today. The staff of Cable Muse Network extends its deepest sympathies to Walter Cronkite’s three children and family, colleges and the American people that appreciated the man and his work as a legendary reporter”.

President Obama issued a statement today, "He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down. This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed".

And that’s the way it is, July 17, 2009.

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