Walter Cronkite, the former CBS news anchor who advocates the U.S. giving up sovereignty and the creation of a U.N. standing army, is now getting a nationally syndicated newspaper column to air his views.
Editor and Publisher reports the 86-year-old is slated to begin writing a weekly opinion piece for King Features Syndicate this August, after having rejected previous offers to write commentaries.
Why the change of heart?
In a statement released by King, Cronkite says he’s troubled by “our bellicose military policy; our arrogant foreign policy; our domestic security policy that threatens our freedom of speech, press, and person; and our financial policy that many if not most economists believe threatens a national deficit deep into this century.”
Glenn Mott, managing editor of King, told E&P Online that Cronkite’s liberal voice will give newspapers an alternative to conservative voices distributed by his and other syndicates.
“He’s seen many of the major events of the past century – and probably known every president since Franklin Roosevelt,” said Mott. “He has historical perspective and credibility.”
Mott didn’t disclose how many newspapers are signing up to run Cronkite’s column, only saying a number have already made the purchase.
Cronkite joined CBS in 1950, and was the anchor of the CBS Evening News until 1981, when he was succeeded by current anchor Dan Rather.
In recent years, he’s been noted for his globalist views in numerous speeches.
In a speech at the United Nations in 1999, Cronkite said the first step toward achieving a one-world government is to strengthen the U.N.
“It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual
catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step
toward a world government patterned after our own government with a
legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws
and keep the peace,” he said. “To do that, of course, we Americans will have
to yield up some of our sovereignty. That would be a bitter pill. It would
take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order.”
He was later asked by the BBC if the United Nations had lived up to his earlier dreams for a “Parliament of Nations.” Cronkite responded:
I wouldn’t give up on the U.N. yet. I think we are
realizing that we are going to have to have an international rule of law. We need
not only an executive to make international law, but we need the military
forces to enforce that law and the judicial system to bring the
criminals to justice before they have the opportunity to build military forces
that use these horrid weapons that rogue nations and movements can get hold
of – germs and atomic weapons.
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