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Fox News Lies About Cronkite

I have not found one person in the major media-and that includes on the “conservative” Fox News Channel-who has dared to tell the ugly truth about Walter Cronkite’s disastrous record in favor of defeat in Vietnam, unilateral disarmament in the face of the Soviet threat, and one-world government. His press has been as good as that of Barack Obama. 

However, many people are aware of Cronkite’s real record, primarily because of the work of AIM founder and long-time AIM Report editor Reed Irvine. Here are just a few of the messages I received in response to my column, “The Terrible Truth About Walter Cronkite [1],” which was picked up by many different outlets. It examined how Irvine had exposed Cronkite’s atrocious record on the Vietnam War and national defense issues, as well as his disingenuous explanations concerning a Soviet magazine interview in which Cronkite pooh-poohed the Soviet threat:

Not surprisingly, President Obama joined the media chorus in praise of Cronkite. “For decades,” he said in a statement [2], “Walter Cronkite was the most trusted voice in America. His rich baritone reached millions of living rooms every night, and in an industry of icons, Walter set the standard by which all others have been judged. He was there through wars and riots, marches and milestones, calmly telling us what we needed to know. And through it all, he never lost the integrity he gained growing up in the heartland. But Walter was always more than just an anchor. He was someone we could trust to guide us through the most important issues of the day; a voice of certainty in an uncertain world. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down. This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed.”

There are several deceptions in this statement, including that Cronkite “set the standard,” he “never lost” his integrity, was “someone we could trust,” and “never let us down.”

Fox News star Bill O’Reilly, who once worked for CBS News, went beyond Obama’s deceptions, however, by declaring in his “Talking Points Memo [3]” that Cronkite “did the country a great service by telling the truth about Vietnam, as well as other major stories.”

In fact, Cronkite falsely reported the Tet military offensive in the Vietnam War as an enemy victory. This was a turning point in the war. The false reporting by Cronkite and others meant that 58,000 Americans ultimately died in vain to stop the communist assault on South Vietnam.

In addition to this atrocity, Cronkite and his CBS News team deliberately and savagely attacked President Reagan’s military build-up after the disastrous Jimmy Carter years. 

Appearing on the O’Reilly Factor, after the comment about Cronkite “telling the truth” about Vietnam, former CBS News employee Bernard Goldberg declared [4] that O’Reilly’s commentary was a “very, very sharp analysis, Bill, and I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t believe it.” How’s that for brown-nosing?

Ignoring the facts, including Dr. Ernest Lefever’s monumental study on how CBS News slanted its broadcasts on national defense, Goldberg, who worked with Cronkite, declared that the late CBS Evening News anchorman did not “sprinkle” his left-wing views into his newscasts. On his website, Goldberg went further in the tank, declaring that “after he left CBS Cronkite was playing deep left field. Yet virtually none of the leftie stuff made it on the air.”

The comment about “deep left field’ was apparently a reference to Cronkite’s advocacy of world government. But nobody wanted to discuss that, either.

Since leaving CBS, Goldberg has made a good living by appearing as a critic of liberal bias in the news and writing some good books on the subject. Now the official Fox News media critic, one of these books described Goldberg as a “CBS insider.” But the “insider” won’t tell the truth about Cronkite’s bias, which was reflected in his newscasts and led to the U.S. military defeat in Vietnam.

Fox News has been as “fair and balanced” on the matter of Cronkite’s record as the liberal media. What a shame that a “conservative” cable news network has damaged its own credibility by paying homage to a notorious liberal anchorman.  Mr. Bill: your “No Spin Zone” is officially out of business. Don’t pretend otherwise.