Uncle Walty to America: you're dumb
Posted Mon, Oct 10, 2005 at 10:00 am
America's beloved former CBS anchorman, Walter Cronkite, recently had strong words for us, his former charges. According to the endearing and legendary sesquicentennarian:
"We [as a nation] are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders," CBS News legend Walter Cronkite told the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication last week.In a way he's right. I note, for instance, that CBS' Nightly News frequently ends with a heart-warming tale about animals and such. Perhaps they should replace that with a two-minute reply from an outside source describing all the lies and misleading statements CBS promulgated in the preceding 28 minutes.
In quotes picked up by the Los Angeles Times, Cronkite said journalists need to find a way to better inform the public, suggesting they pressure their employers to replace the current roundups of celebrity profiles and personal health and finance pieces with "the news of the day."
"If we fail at that," Cronkite warned, "our democracy, our republic, I think, is in serious danger."