18 July 2009
And that's the way it is...
I mourn Walter Cronkite as I mourn the increasing decay of modern journalism. The man was a legend, a journalist in the truest sense of the word, not just a face that looked good on television. An exemplar of honesty and integrity during his career, Cronkite wasn't about ratings so much as he was about impartially and objectively informing Americans.
Before melodramatic graphics & theme songs prefaced every big disaster story; before the need to entertain rather than communicate; before that silly little man Wolf Blitzer was striding around in front of giant maps; before the likes of Bill O'Reilly and Nancy Grace were hired to inflame and divide; before the idiotic invitation for the general public to "text in their comments" as if that makes up actual news - there was just a smart man at a desk telling people the facts.
Sometimes I despair the world will ever see another man like him.
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p.s. plus he always reminded me of my Dad.