Cronkite: Jimmy Carter 'Smartest President'

Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 04:04 PM

By Dave Eberhart

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Deceased news icon Walter Cronkite went on the record saying that he believed President Jimmy Carter was the nation’s “smartest president,” according to the Media Research Center.

After Cronkite's recent death, the center reprised its 2006 compilation of what the center referred to as “his liberal leanings on a range of issues,” highlighting some kind words of praise the long-running anchor of the CBS Evening News had for Carter.

During a 2003 forum at Drew University, Cronkite said “he feared the war [U.S. invasion of Iraq] would not go smoothly, ripped the 'arrogance' of Bush and his administration and wondered whether the new U.S. doctrine of 'pre-emptive war' might lead to unintended, dire consequences,” the research center quoted the Daily Record of Parsippany, N.J., as reporting.

The newspaper also noted how Cronkite, on the heels of his Bush-bashing, added “that the smartest president he ever met was Jimmy Carter” and that journalists tilt to the left because “they see the poverty. They see the want.”

The Drew University remarks were recounted in MRC’s “Walter Cronkite: Liberal Media Icon” – in its self-styled category of “Denouncing Conservatives.” The full MRC collection of what it styles as Cronkite's liberal pronouncements since the late 1980s included other categories: “Promoting Liberalism,” “Get Out of Iraq 'Now,'” “Believing in Conspiracies,” “Wishing for 'One World Government,'” “Terrorism Caused by Economic Disparity,” “Pushing for More Gun Control” and “Proud of News Media's Liberal Persuasion.”

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