Walter Cronkite, the longtime liberal anchorman for the CBS Evening News, has given a speech before the World Federalist Assocation in which he has openly called for the establishment of world government. Cronkite's association with the World Federalists has been known for years, but in this speech he discloses that he was asked 50 years ago to be a Washington lobbyist for the group. "I chose instead to continue in the world of journalism," Cronkite said. "For many years, I did my best to report on the issues of the day in as objective a manner as possible. when I had my own strong opinions, as I often did, I tried not to communicate them to my audience."
That's a big laugh. His liberalism was especially apparent in his coverage of foreign policy issues, such as the Vietnam War and the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Cronkite urged U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam and his newscast was documented to have a pronounced bias against those who favored greater defense spending to contain the Soviets.
Claiming that his circumstances had changed, a reference to him leaving journalism, Cronkite went on to say that he was going to speak his mind. He told his audience that we must strengthen the United Nations "as a first step toward world government," with a police force able to "enforce its international laws and keep the peace." Cronkite called for the ratification of several U.N. treaties, including one that would create a criminal court to arrest and prosecute Americans. He urged revision of the veto in the Security Council, which is the only safeguard the U.S. has to prevent the main U.N. body was imposing economic sanctions or using foreign troops against America.
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton also delivered remarks to the group, hailing Cronkite for "inspiring all of us to build a more peaceful and just world." Hillary said that Cronkite's receipt of the World Federalist Association's Global Governance Award was well-deserved. Several years ago the award was given to Clinton Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, who, as a columnist for Time magazine, had written about a world in which nation-states would disappear and people would become world citizens. On that occasion, President Clinton sent a note to the gathering wishing them "future success."
Cronkite said we would achieve world government by giving up "some of our sovereignty." He said, "That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order." Cronkite called for the approximately 220 sovereignties in the world -- the 200 nations -- to be part of a "global village." He said he and others who favor world government are not "impractical dreamers."
That may be the case, but we are not prepared to believe that Cronkite kept his views in the closet during the entire time that he served as the anchorman of the CBS Evening News. He was always clearly on the liberal-left side of the political spectrum. We now wonder how many other world government advocates are working at the networks.
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