How the mighty have fallen. What has become of the man that once was called the “most trusted man in America?” Walter commented on the OBL tape in Fridays edition of Larry King:
KING: OK, Walter. What do you make of this?
CRONKITE: Well, I make it out to be initially the reaction that it’s a threat to us, that unless we make peace with him, in a sense, we can expect further attacks. He did not say that precisely, but it sounds like that when he says…
KING: The warning.
CRONKITE: What we just heard. So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I’m a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign.
Senility? An extreme case of Mooreitis? An overdose of Kool-Aid? Whatever the cause this should be a warning to anyone wanting to drag this old coot before the public again.