He began his career as a reporter for a variety of newspapers and wire services in Canada and England.
Did Cronkite fiddle with his earpiece or get up and take a look at news as it came in from the wire services spontaneously?
In 2004, I was in grad school, and Deadwood, The wire, and The Sopranos were all on HBO.
Old English wir "metal drawn out into a thread," from Proto-Germanic *wiraz (cf. Old Norse viravirka "filigree work," Swedish vira "to twist," Old High German wiara "fine gold work"), from PIE *wei- "to turn, twist, plait" (cf. Old Irish fiar, Welsh gwyr "bent, crooked;" Latin viere "to bend, twist," viriæ "bracelets," of Celtic origin). Wiretapping is recorded from 1904, from earlier wiretapper (1893). Wirepuller in the political sense is 1848, American English.
To cancel or ignore what has gone before; begin anew; go back to square one: Let's just wipe the slate clean and pretend it never happened (1921+)