He was the face of CBS Evening News for the better part of two decades and known as the most trusted man in America. Even his famous sign off, “And that’s the way it is,” speaks to the type of objectivity Cronkite seemed to value above all else.
This brings up a broader question about the journalism of today…who can be compared to Cronkite? Tom Brokaw comes to mind and Brian Williams certainly seems to be carrying the journalistic integrity mantle. But with the advent of the 24 hour news channels where they have to fill the void with constant opinion/pundit shows, when it comes to trusting a journalist to give you the facts straight and clear, will we ever have another Cronkite?