Alas, Cronkite

by wjw on October 3, 2017

Once upon a time, Walter Cronkite did stuff like this.  When Watergate was a confused scandal difficult for the public to grasp, Cronkite took two evenings to put it all together on television.  The second evening was curtailed by a terrified network chairman, but by then Cronkite’s point had been made, and the Watergate scandal went on to unroll on TV and in the courts and Nixon’s presidency was doomed.

But now journalists are a despised, compromised profession, working for billionaires and media companies who don’t want to rock the boat, or newspapers that don’t want to lose now-scarce advertising, and celebrities now have to do the work.

So let’s follow the strands of yarn, shall we?

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kpacheneg October 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm


We really live in a dystopian timeline if we must turn to Bill “send the Mooslims back to Arabland” Maher. When’s the next guest appearance of Milo?

Chris October 5, 2017 at 7:18 am

At one time we had professionals who worked to deliver news. News shows. Now it’s entertainment first & foremost. Editorials were identified as opinions At one time the viewer developed their own beliefs. Now we are told what to believe. Sadly most don’t see this as a degradation of society. Thinking for yourself is a lost art. No it’s beyond that, it is forbidden. Soon free thinking will be against he law. PKD underestimated how far we’d sink.

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