The World: Behind Cronkite's Coup

In 44 years as a journalist, Walter Cronkite has covered his share of wars, assassinations, summit conferences and space shots, but few scoops were as sweet as this one. "There was a lot of desk-slapping and hot-diggity-damns around here," the anchorman beamed, after Egyptian President Sadat and Israeli Premier Begin were shown agreeing, on Cronkite's CBS Evening News last Monday, to schedule their historic meeting in Jerusalem. Says Cronkite: "We knew we were on top of something big."

Newspapers around the country credited Cronkite with clearing the way for a meeting. Only television,...

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