Walter Cronkite: Witness to History (2006)


“He was the best of America, the conscience of America. He was Uncle Walter. The most trusted man in America.” – Mike Wallace

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the professional life of the man who changed the way the world looked at the news.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years due to my curiosity about it all.

The movie is able to chronicle the way that a small reporter ended up becoming a touchstone in the journalism community for decades.

They give some great interviews with many of the former news personalities both in front of an behind the cameras for years.

This allows for so much insight into many of the professional and political decisions made during the long storied career of this iconic newsman.

Love the way that they even explain the origin of the idea of using the word anchorman.

The footage that they found to show in this film is breathtaking and gives the viewer even more of a look into the way things changed due to the diligent work of Cronkite and his team over the years.

He was so involved in the creation of the news anchorman that it’s easy to understand how he was able to be involved in so many important parts of history whether they be from political or scientific aspects and how the news can influence the world and its policies also.

This was so fascinating to watch and gives so much insight into the way that the news has evolved over the 50+ years that this documentary chronicles.

Obviously, things have changed even more over the past 15 years since this was made, but it still is a great starting point for seeing how it all played out.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Cronkite is vividly remembered for breaking the news of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Friday, November 22, 1963. Cronkite had been standing at the United Press International wire machine in the CBS newsroom as the bulletin of the President’s shooting broke and he clamored to get on the air to break the news as he wanted CBS to be the first network to do so. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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