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Monday, August 08, 2005

In One Year

No Brokaw. No Rather. And now, no Jennings.

An almost Rovian set of occurences...

Peter Jennings

He was present when JFK was killed in Dallas, a lanky, elegant and suave Canadian, and would remain so the rest of his journalistic career.

His delivery was perhaps the best of any anchorman with the exception of fellow Canadian, Robert McNeill, of the now defunct McNeill/Lehrer Report on PBS.

I predict with not so much prescience as common sense, due to the changing nature and importance of the Nightly News phenomenon, that this marks the end of the Personality-Anchorman syndrome on US network television -- the kind of newsreader whose presence and alleged probity like Walter Cronkite on CBS, Frank Reynolds on ABC, and David Brinkley on NBC, before him embodied.

12:57 AM UPDATE: On CNN, Jeff Greenfield mentioned this very point, and I'm sure many others will too. He also mentioned his attention to sartorial detail, when he suggested Greenfield use a NY subway token (but natty-looking) tie during an on-air interview. I would love to see a pic of that tie, since subway tokens sound a step-up from a car salesman, Betty Boop power-tie.

1:00 AM UPDATE: Only CNN are continuing with the story, in a LKL reprise of a Jennings interview. Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC are continuing with their regularly scheduled programming. Well it is late. By the way, speaking of Walter Cronkite -- who would think that he would outlive Jennings?

I have always railed against MSM on my blog, and admittedly, Peter Jennings was not a favourite of mine because of that.

But, everyone, at the moment of their death, deserves a break...as Ben Bradlee said when Nixon passed on.

So, RIP.


  • You mean Jeff Greenfield, right, not Protein Wisdom blogger Jeff Goldstein?

    By Blogger JSU, at Mon Aug 08, 01:02:00 am GMT-4  

  • Blimey, thank you for the catch again!

    I should really have you on payroll as my personal fact-checker. :)

    Corrected, ty!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Aug 08, 01:08:00 am GMT-4  

  • He can have the job, I haven't gotten my paycheck in at least six months.

    By Blogger Jim, at Mon Aug 08, 01:31:00 am GMT-4  

  • Oh no you don't. Who else would correct me on RSS.

    Okay, you can step down from your post here, Jim. But your butt is mine on RSS -- erm, other way around actually. :)

    P.S.: And speaking of things which haven't happened in months...soon...soon.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Aug 08, 01:57:00 am GMT-4  

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