EXCERPT: WALTER CRONKITE
“I want to remain as scrupulously fair as I can,” says Walter Cronkite,” and I’m exceedingly anxious to avoid being a commentator, although I think one can still be a commentator and a reporter at the same time.
“But I wouldn’t express my views on who is my choice. As a matter of fact, my wife doesn’t know and neither does my mother, and my mother is more anxious than my wife.”
Cronkite says that in the 20-odd years he has been covering elections on TV, viewers are quick to think they discern a bias.
“We get criticism from both sides, and this election is no different. Both sides — the McGovern and the Humphrey teams — give it to us, and it gets hotter as the campaign gets going, but we are trying to stay somewhere in the middle. Maybe I shouldn’t say that…no position…not even in the middle…we’re waiting for each ball that comes across the plate. I look at this election a little differently than some people. It’s a news story. Of course, I’m curious about how McGovern is going to put it all together and satisfy the young people and the rest of the party.”
— On the presidential campaign, June 1972