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Roy Clark of the Poynter Institute is a brave man. He’s among the first to admit that Walter Cronkite was not a god, was human, and did have his faults—even in the realm of his profession. Below is a synopsis of all his points, but to read the full article from Poynter, CLICK HERE.
*Note-All questions were posed by Roy Clark.
Question 1: If Cronkite so valued the standards of objectivity, why did he abandon them in certain key moments?
Question 2: Did Cronkite’s affinity for certain issues and events override his reportorial skepticism?
Question 3: Did Cronkite turn news authority into authoritarianism?
Question 4: As managing editor of CBS News, did Cronkite do enough to bring women and minorities into the business, or did he inherit and essentially preserve a white man’s news world?
Question 5: Was Cronkite slow on Vietnam?
Question 6: Did Cronkite give up the ship too early?
Question 7: Did Cronkite fail to undertake in-depth investigative work?
Question 8: Did Cronkite contribute to the culture of anchor celebrity?
Question 9: Did Cronkite turn up his nose at the younger generation of broadcast journalists?