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One of our strands has focused on the issues of the 1970s. John Heintz of Calgary has this memory and observation: In, to my mind, the most powerful media event of the 70's, Walter Cronkite forced President Carter to abandon his strategy for dealing with the Iranian hostage situation. The result was an ill-fated and fatal rescue attempt that contributed significantly to Carter's subsequent downfall. Carter attempted to deal with the "Hostage Crisis" an a patient manner, avoiding inflammatory speeches or threats and negotiating quietly. (The strategy later worked for Reagan during the Lebanon hostage-takings). The hostage-taking was big news, but would have moved to the back burner had not Walter Cronkite decided to sign off his newscast every night by reporting the number of days the Americans had been hostage (this was sometimes accompanied by a view of the knoll on which a [Pennsylvania?] gentlemen had dtermined to erect an American flag each day the hostages remained in captivity). Eventually public and press opinion was aroused sufficiently for Carter to go ahead with the rescue attempt that failed. The press did not treat the Lebanon hostage-taking in the same way for Reagan, and he escaped unscathed. John Heintz email@example.com