On 7/23/2020 12:08 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> I seriously doubt that Walter Cronkite was ever in the SAG because that was specifically for SCREEN actors. That was for MOVIES. Instead he would likely have been a member of AFRA, the American Federation of Radio Artists which in 1952 became AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. AFTRA and SAG merged in 2012, but that was after Cronkite died. I do not know of any AFRA or AFTRA affiliation with the AFL or the CIO which themselves eventually merged.
The merged SAG/AFTRA is a member of the AFL-CIO. I don't know when AFTRA
affiliated itself with them. For a (spotty) history, see:
> Michael Biel, PhD.
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>> The late Walter Cronkite, as a visible and ptominent journalist never
>> publicly endorsed a candidate, and that's proper.
>> But he was a member of an organization, the Screen Actors Guild labor
>> union, which was and is part of the AFL-CIO, and the AFL-CIO has
>> endorsed candidates and taken public positions since I was a kid, with
>> no censure descending on Mr. Cronkite or any of his colleagues.
> Mr. Cronkite's career as an on-camera reporter and anchorman would not
> have been possible if he had not joined SAG, would it?
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