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Time has its “Ten Questions” for Walter Cronkite this week, and it’s a promotional vehicle for Cronkite’s thoroughly anti-conservative worldview:

Time’s Richard Zoglin: Do you believe most reporters are liberal?

Cronkite: I think they’re on the humane side, and that would appear to many to be on the liberal side. A lot of newspaper people — and to a lesser degree today, the TV people — come up through the ranks, through the police-reporting side, and they see the problems of their fellow man, beginning with their low salaries—which newspaper people used to have anyway—and right on through their domestic quarrels, their living conditions. The meaner side of life is made visible to most young reporters. I think it affects their sentimental feeling toward their fellow man and that is interpreted by some less-sensitive people as being liberal.

This is typically self-congratulatory — we’re the humane and sensitive people, unlike those louts on the other side. But the real offense of this interview is that there is absolutely nothing “new” in this whole diatribe. Cronkite’s been reciting this line for 20 years at least. They should have tried something more groundbreaking like, “What do you think of Dan Rather when he winds himself around a pole in a hurricane? Did you ever think he’s a hot dog short of a Zesto stand?” Anything that would make Cronkite say something less mind-numbing.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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