I was just now watching CNN. They did a piece on Walter Cronkite, in which they used the clip of him flatly contradicting the government party line on the war in Viet Nam, and Johnson responding that if he'd lost Cronkite, he'd lost America.
And then the same anchor followed it up with an example of the most egregious and vacuous "he said she said, fake balance" crap on health care reform, in which she didn't even comment or put anything at all in context. And that was followed with a piece of political advertising reinforcing the exact message of the (factually false) Republican talking head sound bite that preceded it.
media today lacks all awareness, all understanding of its role and how
they have abdicated it. They mourn Cronkite while they spit on and
disgrace his legacy.
I went to journalism school in the years immediately after Watergate. I thought it was my job to tell the truth about the powerful, not regurgitate their messages without analysis or judgment.
RIP Walter Cronkite. And RIP journalism as he knew it.