Television and Film

One More Thing About Cronkite

Everyone knows that you can count on New York Times writer Allesandra Stanley making at least one mistake in every column she writes. Well, in her column about the death of Walter Cronkite she made more than one. Here’s the NYT correction:
An appraisal on Saturday about Walter Cronkite’s career included a 
number of errors. In some copies, it misstated the date that the Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed and referred incorrectly to Mr.
Cronkite’s coverage of D-Day. Dr. King was killed on April 4, 1968, not
April 30. Mr. Cronkite covered the D-Day landing from a warplane; he
did not storm the beaches. In addition, Neil Armstrong set foot on the
moon on July 20, 1969, not July 26. “The CBS Evening News” overtook
“The Huntley-Brinkley Report” on NBC in the ratings during the 1967-68 television season, not after Chet Huntley retired in 1970. A communications satellite used to relay correspondents’ reports from
around the world was Telstar, not Telestar. Howard K. Smith was not one of the CBS correspondents Mr. Cronkite would turn to for reports from the field after he became anchor of “The CBS Evening News” in 1962; he left CBS before Mr. Cronkite was the anchor. Because of an editing error, the appraisal also misstated the name of the news agency for which Mr. Cronkite was Moscow bureau chief after World War II. At that time it was United Press, not United Press International.
Also: Cronkite was not a robot, he didn’t invent Hot Pockets, and he never dated Christie Brinkley.
[via Kottke]

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