Although Cronkite always resisted the idea that he was an analyst or interpreter of the news, his influence was undoubtedly felt behind the camera where he also acted as editor. As a result there was a greater depth to his presentation of the news than was to be found in the earlier BBC tradition of TV news reading. Cronkite had enormous influence as a man who could be trusted. When he reported in 1968 that the Vietnam war had become a stalemate and that the US should negotiate with the North Vietnamese government, President Johnson told an aide, If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America..
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