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Vietnam, Walter Cronkite and Public Opinion

On February 27, 1968, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite closed a special report on Vietnam with a pessimistic assessment of the U.S. war effort. Mr. Cronkite’s… read more

On February 27, 1968, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite closed a special report on Vietnam with a pessimistic assessment of the U.S. war effort. Mr. Cronkite’s remarks are often cited as a turning point in American public opinion against the war and credited with playing a role in President Lyndon Johnson’s surprise decision a month later not to run for a second term. But American University Professor Joseph Campbell, who taught a class about what is known as the “Cronkite Moment,” argued the impact of Mr. Cronkite’s comments has been vastly overstated and is merely a media myth. close

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Program ID:
510335-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 10, 2021 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Apr 18, 2021 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3

Airing Details

  • Apr 10, 2021 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 11, 2021 | 12:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 18, 2021 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3