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the Walter Cronkite Award

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    For nearly 20 years , broadcaster Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. Not long after he retired, he founded the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix. In 1985, the first Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism was awarded. The first winner(s) were William Paley, founded of CBS, and Frank Stanton, former president of CBS. The complete list of winners is included in the link below:

    This year's award was just given to NBC's Lester Holt. He acknowledged that it's a challenging time for "mainstream media", but he embraces the term. This is part of what he had so say in an interview after the award ceremony:

    "It’s tough out there. You may admire or revile President Donald Trump. But there is no questioning that his nonstop attack on legitimate media has changed the game completely. Trustworthy news sources are challenged by cries of “fake news” whenever there’s a story Trump or his base don’t like, and it has had a trickle-down effect. Now nearly everyone uses the term."

    Not too many years ago, the title of "the most trusted man in America was conferred on a man who didn't even do real news, Jon Stewart. He may be retired, but he is still a positive force in our society, and his efforts on behalf of New York's First Responders are a reminder that even one citizen can make a big difference in our society.

    By 2013, the "most trusted man in America" was Bill Clinton.

    Last year, the title was passed to Anderson Cooper:

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    Thanks for sharing Arizona. I looked at the complete list of awardees going back to 1984. I recognize many of them and agree that they are deserving. Notable by their absence is any from Fox News.

    George Will in 1991 is the only true conservative that I could identify. There may be others conservative leaning but do not let their political bias get in the way of truthful and accurate journalism -- not like our society today where "Trumpism" is a fact of life for some 40 percent of the population including so called journalists.