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Walter Cronkite looks on during Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism luncheon on Nov.

14, 2006, in Phoenix.

The newsman's funeral was Thursday in New York.

(Tempe State Press/Associated Press)Walter Cronkite was remembered as a newsman, a friend, a father and a witness to great moments in history at his funeral in New York on Thursday."We are here to commend to God one of his great witnesses," Rev.

William McD.

Tully said in addressing the congregation, which included many fellow broadcasters.Cronkite, a former CBS anchor once called the "most trusted man in America," died last Friday at age 92.A news anchor when CBS News was in its heyday, Cronkite conveyed to Americans historic events including the assassination of President John F.

Kennedy and the landing of the first man on the moon.The casket of former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite is carried into St.

Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue in New York.

(Henny Ray Abrams/Associated Press)The private funeral was held at St.

Bartholomew's Church in midtown Manhattan, the church that Walter and the late Betsy Cronkite attended since 1960.In addition to Cronkite's family, it was attended by broadcasters and colleagues including Connie Chung, Bob Schieffer, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Dan Rather, Barbara Walters, Charles Gibson, Matt Lauer, Tom Brokaw, Morley Safer and Meredith Vieira.Spectators lined both sides of Park Avenue, looking on as the casket arrived.The Episcopalian funeral service included eulogies from Cronkite's son, Chip, Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes and long-time Cronkite producer Sanford Socolow.Socolow, who worked with Cronkite when he was an anchor at CBS News, paid tribute to Cronkite's devotion to the journalistic principles of accuracy and timeliness.Rather's memoriesIn an interview with CBC News ahead of the funeral, Dan Rather said Walter Cronkite's dedication to quality news and journalistic integrity set him apart."He was an early pioneer, unquestionably a giant of the craft, and he set the standard for solo anchoring," said Rather, who replaced Cronkite as anchor of CBS News."He was a person who believed in the best tradition of journalism, to be an honest broker of information."Rather recalled Cronkite's roots as a print reporter, especially his time as a Second World War correspondent."He was moulded as a reporter in WWII," Rather said.

"Walter was never a cynic, but was dedicated to be a skeptic, in this sense — he looked at things and said, 'OK, that's what appears to be going on, now what's really going on in there?' And he brought those skills to television at a time when they were rare."Rather said Cronkite's display of emotion when announcing the death of U.S.

president John F.

Kennedy was a rarity for a man who held himself to high standards."Walter didn't like to show his emotion on camera, he didn't like to give his opinions on camera.

Obviously, the assassination of young president John F.

Kennedy was a hammer to the heart for the whole country and for Walter and he did show some emotion then.""He was always a wire service reporter in his heart and he lived by the wire service motto, 'Get it first, but get it right,' " he said.Socolow portrayed Cronkite as a sometimes fiery personality, particularly when it came to defending journalism."He had this reputation for being calm and collected no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the occasion," Socolow said.But Socolow said former U.S.

vice-president Spiro Agnew's famous characterization of the media as "nattering nabobs of negativism" made Cronkite furious.

The Nixon administration had a particular dislike of CBS because of Cronkite's opposition to the Vietnam War and reputation for being objective."He said, 'If the media is not going to defend itself, who would?' " Socolow said.Cronkite also spoke angrily on air during the 1968 Democratic party convention when young reporter Dan Rather was roughed up on the convention floor on live television."He lost his cool on the air and shouted about thuggery on the floor of the convention," Socolow recalled.

That earned him the fury of Chicago Mayor Richard J.

Daley, who stormed into the station.Socolow painted a picture of Cronkite as more than a legendary journalist.

He was also a man who played clarinet badly, had a set of drums from Michael Hart of the Grateful Dead and couldn't say the word February."We got all kinds of complaints.

It got to the point where we would rehearse him at the end of January," Socolow said.Rooney, now 90, recalled how he met Cronkite when both were war correspondents based in London.

Cronkite was a wire service reporter during the Second World War before going into television.60 Minutes correspondent Andy Rooney arrives for Cronkite's funeral.

He recalled meeting Cronkite when both were war correspondents in London.

(Kathy Willens/Associated Press)They travelled together to U.S.

bases at Bedford in Britain and learned to deal with the U.S.

military."You really got to know someone covering a war," Rooney said.

"In those days, they would tells us when there was going to be a raid, if you can believe that.

These days you're lucky if they tell you when there's been a raid."Rooney was visibly distressed as he reminisced and spoke only briefly."Walter was such a good friend," he said.

"I feel so terrible about his death, I can hardly say anything."Chip Cronkite recalled sailing and summer vacations and the ritual of his father's return from work every night."I loved him coming home for dinner so we could talk about that night's program," the younger Cronkite said.

"I admired my Dad.

He was just a reporter, he said, but he ended up covering bigger and bigger stories."The 1960s were a turbulent time politically, he recalled, and his father's calm, authoritative reporting seemed to make sense for many Americans."It seemed to me he helped people on both sides of the political fence understand each other," he said.Cronkite will be buried in Kansas City, Mo., next to wife Betsy, who predeceased him.
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