Friday, July 17, 2009

The Way It Was

Broadcasting legend Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92. While this means very little to anyone who considers Perez Hilton a "journalist", Cronkite was the gold standard for broadcast journalism- synonymous with the assassination of JFK, the first moon landing, and Nixon's resignation. In the era of the 24-hour news cycle, television news has been reduced to empty promo phrases like "asking the tough questions" (utterly useless without appropriate answers). Cronkite was long regarded the most trusted man in America, as his nightly national audience topped 25 million viewers. Those of us old enough to have remembered Cronkite on their parents' TV every night understand the impact and influence that he had on the media. Those of us actually in the media appreciate the model that he represented and lament the fact that the model has changed irrevocably, and the mold broken.

Walter Cronkite Dies.

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