Reporting Vietnam: Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite conducting an interview in Hue, February 1968. (National Archives and Records Administration)

Anchor, “CBS Evening News”

After a trip to Vietnam in early 1968, legendary “CBS Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite became convinced that he had been misinforming the public about the war’s progress. On Feb. 27, 1968, he broadcast an editorial that was a rare departure his reporting; it became one of the most famous media moments of the Vietnam War.

“It seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.”

Cronkite’s time covering the war is featured in “Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war and explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

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Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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