Letters to the editor

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 09:06 PM

The way it is? Or the way it should be?

“And that’s the way it is.”

Those mature enough will recall that was the way Walter Cronkite closed each of his newscasts. Reason being, all Cronkite did was “report the news,” thereby making it “the way it is.”

Today’s newscasters appear now to be saying “and that’s the way I think it should be.” Keep in mind, they are only supposed to be “reporting” the news, but now insist on influencing or even making the news! This is not journalism. It is plain and simply “entertainment.”

Why do you think all newscasts have attractive women or handsome men “reporting?”

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Television media has evolved into the single most influential entity available. Yes, the internet accesses millions, but only television can get millions to tune into the same station at the same time. That kind of influence should be examined very closely.

Eisenhower once warned against letting industry and the military forming an alliance. We didn’t listen, and the result was the Pentagon. If Ike were around today, I think he would be warning against letting the media and politics doing the same.

It may already be too late. “And that’s the way it is …”

 

John Mayo

Creedmoor