Speaking of calm, our other editorial today joins the memorializing of Walter Cronkite.
- Newsman and newspaperman
While the talking—and shouting—heads on the ever larger and flatter tube are doing their best to bask in the glow of the late Walter Cronkite, allow us newspaper types one point of personal privilege.
We had him first. And he never forgot it. ...
Tellingly, he never claimed that even his own newscasts were all a person needed to be a well-informed citizen of the republic. He knew he presented a briefing, a headline service, to help busy people catch up and stay reasonably informed. For the full story, he said during and after his time at CBS, people have to read newspapers. [He even taught us how.]
Related: The New York Times obit [they're still the best in the biz] and appreciation. Memories from The Wall Street Journal, Roger Simon, The Houston Chronicle, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, CBS News, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Linda Ellerbee's Nick News [so that's what happened to her], Vermont Public Radio and, from beyond the grave, Kurt Vonnegut:
Cronkite steps aside just as old newspapermen are becoming as legendary as cowboys. As young as this country is, we will have a rich mythology, by and by. Radio and television news began with old newspaper people. How else could they have begun?
The noun "press" is now archaic as applied to news editors and reporters. Equally antique is the cliche that describes Walter Cronkite so well:
"He has printer's ink in his veins."
And that's the way it was.
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News