The younger Cronkite, a documentary filmmaker, told me it is “absolutely false” that his family dislikes Rather.
But JFK backed down when Cronkite called it “the lousiest bit of sportsmanship I ever saw in my life.”
They calmed down when Cronkite informed them his ass had been over the Channel and back in a B-17.
The AP flash came into the CBS Newsroom about 30 seconds before my interview with Cronkite ended.
What was most impressive about Cronkite was his clear-eyed assessment of the news business he so cherished.
In the last few days we have heard, like a mantra, that Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America.”
“I did the lowest thing a man can do,” Cronkite later told Ed Bradley.
Later, I was told there was a huge sigh of relief by the Cronkite producers because they too feared a hoax.
Rats churned inside the young Cronkite; with a deadline looming, he suffered no fool gladly.
When ticked-off CBS News President Dick Salant asked why, Cronkite said he knew the answer would be no.