At the height of his power, Cronkite was voted the most trusted man in
Cronkite represented an era when news was reported sharply and to the point. This was before 24-hour cable news channels so the responsibilities of the nightly newscasts on CBS, NBC, and ABC were immense. Since then, everything has changed, and not for the better in most cases.
Now, most television journalists are known as much for their personality as for the news they report. Not good. Additionally, most of these people are easily identified with a political ideology. Also, not good.
These problems took place back in Cronkite's day as well, but not to the level we see today. Some dismissed Cronkite as a liberal, but he felt the news was the thing. These days, most electronic news journalists seem to be more interested in pandering to an audience to guarantee ratings instead of reporting what the public needs to hear. Many news programs are nothing more than a bunch of people yelling at each other. Cronkite thought this was a form of pandering (are you listening Keith Olbermann?).
Cronkite was a legend, and surely we all realize that we do not lose these types of people every day.