I was flipping through the channels tonight between commercials and came across a show on PBS. I have no idea what it was about, but the one thing I did see was Walter Cronkite giving his view on Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War. Johnson, I believe, had called off air strikes. I don't remember exactly what Cronkite had said, but LBJ was watching it and he was quoted as saying that there was no use of running for president in '68 because he had "lost the people."
That kind of struck me. Because back in the 60's TV and newspapers were pretty much where you got your news and the news anchors would give you their views on things. TV was really hitting a stride in the 60's too so most everyone did believe everything they saw on TV. What idiots. LOL
We didn't have political experts on during every show. Most of the time people would say that it wasn't news unless it came out of Cronkite's mouth or Dan Rather's mouth, etc.
But that really was a simpler time. Now everyone can give their opinions and seek out another opinion on a subject if they feel like it. Back then, even the president listened to the TV news anchor. That's frightening. I don't even listen to the weather dude. Heck, now you'll only get a politically slanted view depending on what channel you are on. Now we have right wing media and left wing media and then morons like us floating around here in cyberspace. I'm lucky enough to a moron and right wing media at the same time. I think it's right wing, who knows really?
I'm not really sure exactly what my point is, but we get on our little blog here and post news type things and give our opinion as if people really care. We do it thinking that people are just dying to hear it. But in reality we are only a speck in the blogosphere.
How much juice did he have? I mean really. He has one newscast where he criticizes the president and the president says, "We're screwed, I'm pullin' out." All because he knew that Cronkite said it and 3/4's of the country saw it and they by God agreed with it.
I guess my point is, to keep it in the parlance of our time...
Cronkite was a pimp and we, my friends, are no Walter Cronkite.