In this age of deep distrust, “the most trusted man in America” is sorely missed more than ever.
Walter Cronkite who reigned supreme at a time of journalistic integrity, ( no millennials, that’s not an oxymoron) long before cable tabloid news became the norm and reputable journalists were replaced with newscasters more worthy of Loony Toons than a legitimate news organization.
Walter Cronkite wanted every news consumer in America to be skeptical of the news. But he was advocating critical thinking, not dismissal of the facts.
And That’s the Way it Was:
I recently came across this advertisement from Sony TV from 1968, a tumultuous year if ever there was one, one that rivals ours for divisiveness and upheavals.
The ad presents a beleaguered dad who has to deal with the common dilemma faced by a one TV household, forced to choose between watching the nightly news with Walter Cronkite or giving in to the kiddies demand to watch cartoons.
After a long day as the breadwinner, all he wants to do is come home, sit in his Barca Lounger and watch Walter Cronkite report on Vietnam. But Jr. after a long day of New Math wants the distraction of Daffy Duck. Mom who is so is busy doing the dinner dishes, seems to want Walter too, but we don’t know for sure.
You’ve just come home from a hard day at the office,” the copy begins. “All you want to do is sit in front of the television and watch Walter Cronkite authoritatively reporting the news.
Unfortunately, your kids have just come home from a hard day at the playground. And all they want to do is sit in front of the television and relax to the soothing sound of Daffy Duck’s voice. Obvious you have a problem.
The solution of course was to get an additional small portable TV. The 8 inch screen is big enough, Sony reassures us “for a full set of parents ( Were taking it for granted your wife prefers Walter Cronkite to Daffy Duck too).”
Billed as a peacemaker, the TV cost $129.95 . But Sony assures us, “Walter Cronkite is worth every penny of it.”
Today of course we don’t have to make a choice between news or cartoons. No, not just because we have so many devices to watch news and entertainment but because now we can watch newscasters who have morphed into cartoon characters, with about the same respect for facts as Daffy Duck.
Sadly that’s the way it is…..
Note: Perhaps as a nod to Walter Cronkite’s 100th birthday today, Fox News, issued what may be its only retraction after falsely claiming Hillary Clinton will be indicted over alleged investigations of the Clinton Foundation.
Fox News host Brett Baier during its initial report claimed authorities supposedly had enough evidence that would lead to an indictment of Hillary Clinton. As is often the case, Fox News based their reports on pure speculation and misinformation.
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