July 17, 2009: Walter Cronkite dead at 92 (Politico)

  • Traveling to Vietnam for a series of reports in 1968, Cronkite had firmly established both his journalistic bona fides and position of trust with the American people. With anti-war sentiment growing back home, he returned to deliver, on-air, perhaps the most powerful and influential editorial statements of any reporter in history, all-but declaring that the war in Southeast Asia could not be won.