July 21st, 2009
You Don’t Know What You Missed

I know many of the people who visit my blog aren’t old enough to remember Walter Cronkite. For some reason his death has bothered me more than the others. It feels like something important has died with him. Truly an end of an era. It’s hard to believe a news-man could be so trusted, especially in a world where today’s news comes off more like an article out of People magazine. (No offense to People.) But see the news didn’t used to be that way. When I was a kid, news-men like Walter Cronkite didn’t cover sensational stories. They covered what was happening in the country and around the world. Walter Cronkite in particular did a wonderful job of keeping his opinions out of his news stories. He gave you the facts, told you what you needed to know, and let you digest the information for yourself. If you didn’t like the truth, well, that was your problem. There are VERY FEW true news stations left in this country. Most skew toward one side or another. They distort facts instead of reporting on events. I never realized how much things had changed until I was in Oklahoma during the last L.A. riots. The ‘news’ Oklahoma was receiving looked a lot different than the news L.A. was broadcasting. The footage had been edited to make it look like a certain segment of the population was doing all the looting, when in fact the looters were made up of ALL nationalities. It was a real eye-opening moment for me and not something I would’ve expected to see when Walter was on the air. As he always said at the end of his broadcast, “And that’s the way it is.” Rest in Peace, Mr. Cronkite.

6 comments to “You Don’t Know What You Missed”

  1. That’s totally why I don’t watch the news on TV, and I rarely read newspapers.

    I get news snippets when I first log on and if I’m interested I will search for the information. That way I’m in control of what I find out.

    Yeah, somewhere along the line the news stopped being just the news.

  2. Somebody else mentioned that back then, news wasn’t entertainment and didn’t have to sell advertising. Things have changed, and not in a good way. Wonder if this is why more people are turning to blogs and new media instead of traditional journalism for their news?

    You’re right, it does seem like the end of an era.

  3. Vivi, I don’t watch the news or read papers either unless I’m traveling. I figure if it’s something earth-shattering I’ll hear about it online.

    Yeah, I just don’t remember when that happened.

  4. Charli, The news definitely wasn’t entertainment back then. As for advertising, I don’t remember, but that would make sense. I’m sure it is why people are abandoning the ‘old’ forms of getting news. Heck, it’s why such a large percentage of people tune into the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to find out what’s happening in the world. He may be a comedian, but at least he says what a lot of people are thinking.

  5. I will have to respectfully disagree with you on this, Jordan. It’s too bad Walter found it his duty to announce we were losing the war in Vietnam after a major victory turning the Tet Offensive into a rout which crippled the Viet Cong forever more and cost the North Vietnamese over 45,000 casualties. Soon after the rest of the sheep in the media followed along, they snatched outright victory from our hands and plunged Southeast Asia into the bloodiest killing field in their history.

    Harry Reid and other of his ilk nearly pulled off another Cronkite moment by announcing we lost the Iraq war on the verge of complete victory. Thankfully for America, people are no longer as isolated from the truth as they were during Cronkite’s time. There are other sources of media available who don’t spend every waking moment trying to humiliate and destroy this nation.

    I am not trying to jump all over your post, Jordan, but who exactly were all these nationalities perpetrating the 1992 riots and looting indiscriminately. Most were of one nationality: American. They were also predominantly of one creed – they were LA gang-members who decided to take advantage of the situation to demolish their own neighborhoods and businesses while looting and pillaging people they grew up with. I can tell you of one nationality abandoned by the LAPD during the 1992 riots. The Korean American shop owners were forced to defend their businesses with armed militias to survive. If the LA media went out and filmed ‘all nationalities’ looting, I applaud them for their diligence because they would have had to brave deadly danger to find the handful of ‘all nationalities’.

  6. Bernard,

    Sorry, but the Vietnam War was a bit before my time. 😳

    I had no idea we ‘won’ the Iraq war. Thought it was still going on. 😐

    As for the riots, there were Mexicans, Asians, and Americans. The gangs started the looting, but they weren’t the ones looting in Hollywood and on Ventura Blvd. Of course you wouldn’t know that by watching the news outside of L.A.

    I know the Koreans were forced to defend themselves and their shops. Most of the people in L.A. were shocked that they had to do so, but were glad that they did.