July 20th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 7/19/2009

Editor's Note: Friday night’s AC360° had many of you commenting on the death and remembering the life of Walter Cronkite. Here are some of the comments we received, and we’d love to hear what you have to say:


I didn't turn to CBS, so I don't know what their Walter Cronkite coverage was like, but I hope it was as good as yours. I can't imagine what it must have been like to be watching live during the Kennedy assassination. I was 8 days old at the time. I guess it was the first time the country - the world - went through a big event like that connected by television. From the first report to the formal announcement of death, it must have been an unreal and monumental moment to witness. I've seen the clip of Cronkite many times. He takes off his glasses to read the clock - but also maybe because they were steaming up with tears. Watching still gives me chills.

I have never been moved to write in until today... Walter Cronkite WAS the news. Reporting from "The Control Center In New York", what a powerful and profound impact for a small child in the sixties. He WAS the news EDUCATOR, he brought us history and we believed because, Walter reported it........ Simply put he was and will remain The Royalty of Reporting World, an Icon, and that's just the way it is. Thank you Walter Cronkite for your professionalism

Walter Cronkite was truly a trusted individual. In 1979 my family and I lived just over 15-mile evacuation line established for the Three Mile Island emergency. In the tense deliberations whether to evacuate or not, we waited to hear what he reported on the evening news to make our decision. We did not leave.

May God welcome Walter Cronkite to his new News Desk in Heaven. It is a shame that reports of today are not following in the footsteps of Uncle Walter. What happened to unbiased reporting? Let us, the American people, make the decisions.

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  1. Maria Solarez

    He came from the days and time when writing was solid and built the story. Way before 15 minutes of fame and making the evening news.
    His legacy is one of integrity in journalism.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  2. Beti Loera

    I think you should do a special on the late great Frank McCourt on today's show. Not just mention him as part of the news but do a special. He was a extravagant author. He was not only a best selling author but also a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:29 am |