Journalists who want to improve the quality of TV news should emulate Walter Cronkite's no-nonsense approach and desire for accuracy, fellow retired CBS newsman Charles Kuralt said.
Accepting the 1996 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and Telecommunication, Kuralt said Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., that the quality of news has plummeted because of the desire to amuse and entertain rather than to inform."What we used to regard as the indispensable news turns out to be dispensable after all," he said.
Cronkite was also at the awards luncheon at the Arizona State University journalism school, which bears his name. He returned Kuralt's praise.
"He would establish for us all that there was still a thread of the America we all love and know out there, despite what we saw on our television screens every night," Cronkite said.
Kuralt's 37-year career at CBS News was marked by his "On the Road" series.