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Cronkite: New Op-Ed Anchor

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Cronkite: New Op-Ed Anchor

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CBS legend discusses the column he'll write for King

After more than six decades in journalism, Walter Cronkite will start his first syndicated column in early August.

Not that he hadn't been asked to write one before. "I was doing news on TV," the former CBS anchor told E&P. "I did not feel it was appropriate to do commentary at the same time."

Cronkite, 86, also feels the need to write an opinion column now because he's unhappy with the Bush administration's foreign and domestic policies. "But I'm not exactly pleased with the Demo-crats, either," he observed. "I'm liberally inclined but definitely not partisan."

Why not express his views on TV rather than in a column? Cronkite said he likes the flexibility of a weekly feature that can be written during any of seven days, compared to a TV spot that would need to be taped on a certain day. And, said Cronkite, "Nobody invited me to do commentary for television."

But King Features Syndicate invited Cronkite to do commentary for newspapers. …

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