NEW YORK – He called him “Mr. Cronkite” and wished they had been friends.
But more than anything, President Barack Obama, speaking at Walter Cronkite’s memorial service, honored the standards the veteran CBS anchorman used as a journalist — and seemed to long for them again.
“We also remember and celebrate the journalism that Walter practiced – a standard of honesty and integrity and responsibility to which so many of you have committed your careers,” Obama told the audience, which included many of the U.S. media elite.
“It’s a standard that’s a little bit harder to find today.”
Is it? Has journalism changed for the better or the worse since Cronkite’s day?