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If Only Walter Cronkite Had Left His Integrity Behind

The greatest sorrow in marking Cronkite's death is recognizing that the media has replaced his wisdom with pontification.

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This generation was not yet born when Cronkite signed off from "The CBS Evening News" in 1981. It has never known an era in which news coverage could unify and not divide.

Yet it isn't enough to celebrate Cronkite's career and mourn the decline of professionalism in journalism. For all those who complain of "media bias," his death provides an opportunity for introspection among the very viewers who drive it to new heights.

Marie Cocco is a prize-winning syndicated columnist on political and cultural topics for The Washington Post Writers Group. She is a frequent commentator on national TV and radio shows.

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