Cronkite Gives The Game Away
By Ed Driscoll · March 8, 2005 12:30 PM · Oh, That Liberal Media!
Last we heard from Uncle Walter, he was blaming Karl Rove for defrosting Osama bin Laden out of cryogenic suspension in the London basement of the Ministry of Defense (where he was kept alongside Austin Powers, Evel Knievel and Vanilla Ice) just in time to influence election Tuesday. In a short AP piece this week, Cronkite thinks that Dan Rather should have stepped down "a long time ago":
But Cronkite did not heavily fault Rather for his role in last September's discredited story about President Bush's military service. Rather anchored the "60 Minutes Wednesday" story.And that's the whole problem with the concept of the evening news anchorman, as Burt Prelutsky notes:
You can go back to Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, John Chancellor and Walter Cronkite. We treated them all with a deference that was totally out of proportion to the work they did. Essentially, the job description requires that they read the captions to the news footage weíre watching and to introduce the on-site reporters. Do you really think that constitutes the mental equivalent of heavy lifting? For doing what your uncle Sid could do -- and with a lot more pazazz -- theyíre paid enormous amounts of money. On top of all the dough, they are constantly the honorees at testimonial dinners, but thatís fine, so long as I donít have to attend. But the trouble is, theyíre regarded as important people by way too many of us, and thatís not good. Why? Because it makes us all look like a bunch of saps -- what H.L. Mencken called the boobus americanus and what P.T. Barnum simply labeled suckers.Well, the Blogosphere certainly isn't. But it's curious that many traditional journalists long to become the man who does the least reporting--who follows his producers and accepts what they have to offer--and then reads their copy on the air.
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