Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Death Of Journalism: Walter Kronkite

Walter Cronkite has died. But make no mistake journalism in the media died long before then.

Cronkite was in a league of his own. He set the standard for all journalist to follow. His was a profession of journalism in its truest since: fair, accurate and balance. When he was given his own opinion he made it known and didn't pass it off as "the news." He reported he news, gave the facts as he saw it and allowed the people to decide.

Today’s journalist are to hell-bent on being famous themselves. They command huge salaries and have little to report on with substance. Oftentimes today’s journalists are more of a celebrity and news factor than the stories they cover. One would be hard pressed not to find today’s journalist mingling with celebrities at Hollywood events. How then can they be objective, not to mention understand the way of life of real people? How can we believe what they say and write? Their styles are nothing but sensationalism.

Walter Cronkite was cut from a different cloth. He was a giant in the industry. When he reported the news we believed him trusted him and felt safe. It is said that the word “anchor” was coined in 1952 to describe is role at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

He was reported to the nation during World War II, Vietnam, Korean Wars and the Nixon Years. He also reported to the nation on the death of a the 35th President of the United States.

“From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: "President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time." “ 2 o'clock Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago.”

After reporting on the death of the President, with class dignity, authority and a little tremble in his voice (but maintaining his composure) he then reported:

"Vice President Johnson has left the hospital in Dallas, but we do not know to where he has proceeded. Presumably, he will be taking the oath of office shortly and become the 36th president of the United States."

He also sat at the helm of journalism during the Civil Rights Movement. He reported on the violence the deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr and the leaving of office of Presidnet Lyndon B. Johnson and resignation of President Richard Nixon and death of Robert Kennedy. He was there when we landed on the moon.

Now that he is gone, he has left behind a void in news reporting. Actually, this void was created years before then. It formed the moment he stepped down from his seat and stopped reporting the news in a fair and accurate way.

Rest in peace Walter.
November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009


“and we are not saved…”

Friday, July 3, 2009

Gov. Sarah Palin: Ending The Madness

Sarah Palin has decided to step down and not complete her first term as governor of Alaska.

Again, the media is finding this hard to believe. They want to know why she is stepping down. She’s so ambitious. She wants to be President of the United States.
Well hello??? Do you folks really care why she is bowing out? Maybe her family is more important. Perhaps she could take the hits from tabloid magazines but to stoop so low and go after her family _ mainly her children. Geez!
Her every move was questioned and made to look as though she wasn’t politically savvy. Ha!

Alas! Let it rest. She is stepping down. Let her be. If she is writing a book, it is her business.

Stop the madness!!!!!!!!!! She is leaving what more do you folks want? You say her political career is done. That’s what some of you want, but as always it is the people who decide.

I’m sure TMZ will dig up something sensational to report about Palin.

“and we are not saved…”