Thursday, August 6th, 2009
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Walter Cronkite's Memory Will Be Kept Alive Through 'Times' Corrections

WaltThe revisions keep coming on the Walter Cronkite obituary-and this is not the one that Clark Hoyt chewed out Alessandra Stanley for, this is the actual obit. The latest appendage blames Cronkite's own autobiography for the errors, but here's the running tally thus far.This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: July 21, 2009
Because of an editing error, an obituary Saturday about the CBS newsman Walter Cronkite misspelled the name of the church in Manhattan where his family plans to hold a private funeral service. It is St. Bartholomew's, not Bartholemew's.


This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: July 23, 2009
An obituary on Saturday about Walter Cronkite misidentified the country in which he crash-landed a glider as a United Press correspondent in World War II. It was the Netherlands, not Belgium.


This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: August 6, 2009
An obituary on July 18 about Walter Cronkite, using information from his autobiography, "A Reporter's Life," misstated the origin of the term "anchor." While Mr. Cronkite was referred to as the anchor of CBS news coverage of the 1952 presidential conventions, that was not the first time that "anchor" and "anchorman" were used. Both terms had been applied to broadcasters in other contexts before the conventions. The obituary also included an erroneous anecdote from the autobiography about the extent of his fame. He was said to be so widely known that newscasters in Sweden were once called "Cronkiters," but that term is not known to linguists in that country.

And that's the way it is. For now.

13 Comments / Post A Comment

KarenUhOh (#19)

Actually, it was Dan Rather who died.

But Walter Cronkite is the one who killed him. That's how the confusion arose …

Abe Sauer (#148)

My, how… ironic.

"Not known to linguists in that country"? How many did they ask? All of them? Both of them? Maybe the linguists aren't watching enough TV!

GiovanniGF (#224)

I'm pretty sure The Netherlands and Belgium are the same country.

/jk?

GiovanniGF (#224)

Um, yes.

Excellent. Also: Cronkite obit posts set me on my teeth on edge these days.

GiovanniGF (#224)

Your avatar makes me nervous.

But you're an artist!? It works for me on so many levels.

GiovanniGF (#224)

I'm a very sensitive artist, I guess.

hman (#53)

This can't be true because I've got a Kronkite TV stand from Ikea.

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