Newscasting: The Men Without Helmets

The Viet Nam footage he screened on his CBS newscast one night last week was particularly poignant for Walter Cronkite. It showed a mortar bar rage at the Khe Sanh airstrip that wounded both the co-producer of his show, Russ Bensley, and CBS Cameraman John Smith. Neither Smith nor Bensley, who was filling in for an injured CBS sound man at the time, was seriously hurt. But three days later, after evacuation to Danang, Producer Bensley was wounded again during a rocket attack. His colon was ruptured and his spleen had to be removed. "The irony of it," said...

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