Walter Cronkite Dies At 92, Reality Show Idiots Continue Making Headlines Anyway

  • Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite has died at 92; President Obama released a statement calling Cronkite "a voice of certainty in an uncertain world. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down."[Reuters]
  • "He was the most important voice in our lives for thirty years, and that voice made people reach for the stars. I hate the world without Walter Cronkite."- George Clooney [E!]
  • ''Walter was who I wanted to be when I grew up. He set a standard for all of us. He made television news what it became.''- CBS News' Bob Schieffer [NYTimes]
  • "Walter Cronkite was and always will be the gold standard. His objectivity, his even-handedness, his news judgment are all great examples. He, as much as anyone, is responsible for developing network television news. He set the standard. He told it 'the way it is' and all of us who are privileged to work in this business owe him an enormous debt of gratitude." -Charles Gibson of ABC News[ABC]
  • "There never was and there never will be another Walter Cronkite. We trusted him and that trust was well founded. He was also a jolly and supportive friend. He will be missed by each of us individually who knew him and by the whole country who loved him." -Barbara Walters [ABC]
  • "He had depth, foreign reporting experience, endless excitement about the news, and an irresistible irreverence. A call, a note, a compliment from Walter was pretty much the Nobel Prize for a young reporter. I am so lucky to know what it was to be part of the Cronkite team." -Diane Sawyer [ABC]
  • Gawker has a more in-depth piece on Cronkite's passing, which can be found here. [Gawker]
  • A recent Zogby poll indicates that people are more likely to remember Michael Jackson for his humanitarianism, rather than the allegations of child molestation that plagued him throughout the later parts of his career. [UPI]
  • Mischa Barton's friends say they saw her recent hospitalization coming: ""She has been on a destructive path for a while now," says a source, "Her drug and alcohol [use] has gotten to a point where it drove people away." [People]
  • Jessica Simpson is handling her breakup with Tony Romo by "surrounding herself with a network of support." [People]
  • Lauren Conrad takes a shot at Heidi Montag in August's Harper's Bazaar: when asked why she thinks Montag is posing for Playboy, Conrad says, "They're not going to pay for themselves." Oh, The Hills crew. Always keepin' it classy. [USWeekly]
  • Jon Gosselin recently told a friend that he's "bringing back my good ol' high school days!" Except he's not, really, because in high school, he didn't have eight kids to constantly embarrass in the press. [USWeekly]
  • "I was involved in the typical adolescent love triangle, and I found myself having incredibly violet thoughts about this girl. I just thought, ‘If she goes near my boyfriend, I'm going to rip out her throat.'"-Diablo Cody, on her inspiration for Jennifer's Body. [JustJared]
  • One of Nadya Suleman's children, a 2 year old boy, was rushed to the hospital last night after accidentally drinking chemicals from a volcano making kit. "I knew it would all get blown out of proportion if I called, but I didn't want to take any chances," says Suleman "I think I did the right thing. He's okay." [People]
  • Paula Abdul's manager says Abdul won't return to American Idol next year unless she's properly compensated: "She's not a happy camper as a result of what's going on. She's hurt. She's angry," her manager, David Sonenberg, says, "I think at this point we're going to be considering everything, including some kind of a competition show. She has tremendous ideas for a whole variety of shows." I guess this means she isn't forever our girl? [LATimes]
  • "I knew I wanted to be an actor, but it was quite an embarrassing thing to say out loud – a bit like saying, 'I'm so good-looking I want to be a model.' I was about 20 when I finally started admitting to friends and family the egotistical profession I wanted to be a part of. And then, when I graduated, it was either that or sitting alone in a library and doing a PhD, so I decided I'd try to make people laugh instead."- Sacha Baron Cohen [DailyMail]
  • Fred Durst was married on Thursday. The wedding guests left with a dumb red baseball cap and a cd titled, "WTF were we all thinking in 1998?" Not really. But maybe! [Star]
  • "I believe we have many lives and that our spirits are everlasting. I know I have many guardian angels with me all the time. I've always been aware of that since I was a child, and I'm very grateful."- Cameron Diaz [DailyExpress]
  • Kate Moss recently purchased a "vocal-chord-friendly sauna," whatever that is. [TheSun]
  • "I'll come home to find a big party at our house and my father will be rolling around naked in ketchup on the floor, and I'll think, 'Oh yeah, it's Tuesday.'"- Andy Dick's son, Lucas Dick [PageSix]
  • Proving that the entire universe has gone off the rails, the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile crashed into a Wisconsin house yesterday. No one was hurt, and insurance will cover the damages of both the house and the hot-dog shaped car. But for the love of god, people! If the Weinermobile can't keep it together, what hope is there for the rest of us?! [ONTD]