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Did Cronkite and CBS offer assistance to anti-war movement?

Legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite allegedly collaborated with anti-Vietnam War activists in the 1960s, going so far as to offer advice on how to raise the public profile of protests and even pledgingCBS News resources to help pull off events, according to FBI documents obtained by Yahoo! News.
The documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, say that in November 1969, Cronkite encouraged students atRollins College in Winter Park, Fla., to invite Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie to address a protest they were planning near Cape Kennedy (now known as Cape Canaveral). Cronkite told the group’s leader that Muskie would be nearby for a fundraiser on the day of the protest, and said that “CBS would rent [a] helicopter to take Muskie to and from site of rally,” according to the documents.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts2067

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:47 AM on May. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Good for Walter. He always had the most intelligent and wise outlook on those days and his anti-war stand was one way to help get our military home safely. The Vietnam war was a horrible mistake and we lost some good friends there for no good reason. My DH almost lost his life in the air when he narrowly missed being shot down by a Russian MIG.
    If there had been more Walter Cronkites , maybe Tricky Dick would have ended the war when he originally said he would instead of waiting 5 more years and ending it in 1975. Sigh....
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • Its bad enough the right is distorting facts about today's events. Now to go after past events and Cronkite is just unbelievable.
    AutumnLybbie

    Answer by AutumnLybbie at 9:50 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • I know. It is just unbeliveable,isn't it?
    gertie41

    Answer by gertie41 at 10:05 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • Of course things like that have happened. Cronkite is dead, I see no reason to bring that up now. You can bet the media is aiding in a lot of things we don't know about these days. Thats whats important
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:18 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • And TODAY'S media is lily-white, and pure as the driven snow??????? Get real. There is a difference between arranging a speaker, and what our media is doing today.
    29again

    Answer by 29again at 11:33 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • Geez, post an innocent article, and someone is already trying to blame the right. Cronkite was anti-war, he admitted it. This is not about someone trying to destroy Cronkite.

    Autumn, stop trying to make this a political attack, it's just an article, and it's based on fact. A article written with FBI documents as facts is not an attack by the right. Sheesh.
    MunchMunch

    Answer by MunchMunch at 11:47 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • In a biography of LBJ, Johnson said that when he knew thatWalter Cronkite was against the War in Vietnam, he knew he was wrong and that is when he made his famous announcement on TV in January of 1968 that he would not run for President again that year. Interesting fact,right? I saw his announcement on TV and we were just shocked.
    But, Walter was right.
    gertie41

    Answer by gertie41 at 11:49 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • Both sides swing the news. It's the way it goes. That's why it's important to read more than one source. Also why I prefer to read rather than watch the news.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:03 PM on May. 17, 2010

  • Autumn, stop trying to make this a political attack, it's just an article, and it's based on fact. A article written with FBI documents as facts is not an attack by the right. Sheesh.
    ***
    Based on fact??? See thats what I mean about all this!! Re-read the article please. Then go look up the word:allegedly.
    AutumnLybbie

    Answer by AutumnLybbie at 1:15 PM on May. 17, 2010

  • Cronkite admitted to being biased towards the anti-war movement. If this was confirmed to be true, I wouldn't be surprised.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:47 PM on May. 17, 2010

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