During his 19 years as “America’s Anchorman,” Walter Cronkite ended each of his newscasts on CBS with his trademark, “And that’s the way it is.” We’ve all grown up a bit since then, and what with cable, the Internet, and the blogosphere, we can listen to a lot of alternative voices. For anyone listening, those voices have taught us that wasn’t the way it was then, and it isn’t the way it is today.
No, Cronkite’s was only one view of what was going on then, much like the MSM today gives another, but hardly singular, view of what’s going on today. And that’s the rub because after the most recent election, it’s clear that the MSM’s view is skewered heavily in Barack Obama’s favor, in fact, heavily hardly describes it. And where does that leave us? Without the hope that the three major networks, their cable siblings, and CNN will give us the straight scoop on what’s going on in the Obama administration.
So I ask them–you Chris Matthews and you Katie Couric and you Wolf Blitzer and all or most of your colleagues–was it worth it? Was that tingle that ran up your collective legs and onto the television screen in the recent election a worthy price for your journalistic souls? Does it make up for the loss of your credibility and the trust we’ve placed in your ability to report the facts, no matter where they lead you?
I hope so, because that’s the way it is.