I can only hope the death of Walter Cronkite spurs some self-reflection on the part of the national media…but I doubt it will.
The whole notion of the “trusted news anchor” is certainly a thing of the past in the age of Charles Gibson and Brian Williams. And with Williams in particular, it’s plain to see, IMHO, that he’s all about picking up the Fox News demo (he’s called into Limbaugh more than once), journalism be damned. Maybe I’m viewing the past through rose-colored glasses, but can you imagine Walter Cronkite sucking up to a radio bloviator?
I’m not old enough to know if I’m right about this at all, but my sense is that there was a time when guys like Cronkite thought they were big enough that they didn’t have to kiss anyone’s ass. And that they were more interested in being accurate than in lining up a book deal or putting a friend or relative on wingnut welfare.
Maybe that’s just naive nostalgia, though. I don’t know.