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Walter Cronkite: And that’s the way it was

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Without a doubt, there will be memorials into perpetuity because this brilliant reporter and sage of the airwaves was finally overcome by his illnessesand there should be.

Walter CronkiteHowever, what’s lacking is Walter Cronkite’s legacy upon those talking heads giving the homage to the iconic CBS veteran.

This was “the most trusted man in America” for decades, and today, who in the world would allow a single news anchor to even babysit their kids?!

National news is pathetic regardless of where your TV remote finds you. There is no joint broadcasting, tiered openness or unleavened bias anymore. One network touts our president as “sort of God” and the other may as well accuse him of being Rosemary’s Baby.

Long gone are the days when you can turn on an evening news report and rest assured with all the facts to know that’s the way it is.

You know if the Edward R. Murrow disciples these days want to show any respect to Cronkite, consider this: the greatest tribute they can pay him is actually broadcast like him.

Whether you were old enough to see it live, or had a professor show you in school, most of us flacks have seen the regaled Cronkite announcement of JFK’s death.

You couldn’t tell if he was a gun-totin’ member of the GOP or a tree-hugging member of the Democratic Party. Why? It didn’t matter. He was there to report the news, not opine on political dissuasion.

Cronkite was the progeny of a soon-to-be extinct breed – trusted news anchors who valued integrity on facts rather getting hits on Facebook because of their misguided conjecture.

No, now you have to sift through the empty rhetoric, political bent and flat-out mudslinging to get any “facts” these days.

Godspeed, Walter. The media has become unceasingly sorrier since you left it. And now that you have left us, so will we become.

And that’s just the way it is.

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“Swine Flu” is actually media pork

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The world is dawning surgical masks like they are in style. Americans are considering a mass influx to synagogues or the local mosque. And why?

According to the nation’s hog farmers, “This little piggie can kiss my [bleep].”

pigs-uniteEvidently, as noted in this CNN story, the moniker given this flu bug is a grave misnomer and those aforementioned farmers are winning the battle of nicknames.

This sardonic concoction is actually a mix of human and animal strains, with not an ounce of bacon in sight, yet it’s the pigs who get picked on. Poor ol’ piggy.

“This flu is being called something that it isn’t, and it’s hurting our entire industry,” said Dave Warner, communications director for the National Pork Producers Council. “It is not a ‘swine’ flu, and people need to stop calling it that … they’re ruining people’s lives.

And so, the CDC has now begun calling this dreaded flu strain (and tweeting it no less), “N1H1” but the hog farmers are yawping, “Too little; too late.”

“The real issue is that anything is bad now because producers for the past 19 months have already lost money,” Warner said. “On average they’ve lost about $20 a pig. So even if they lose $2 more, it’s hard on them.

And besides all this talk about pork making me hungry, it makes me think of another thing: It’s not Kosher. Literally.

We will call it Mexico flu. We won’t call it swine flu,” Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, a black-garbed Orthodox Jew, told a news conference Monday, assuring the Israeli public that authorities were prepared to handle any cases.

Ah well. I don’t see anyone from a big White House calling the Holy Land looking for a mea culpa on that P.C. insensitivity. Maybe I just missed that story.

Anyone bothering the good Muslims? I hear they aren’t big fans of pork roast either. Oy Vey!

Written by theflak

May 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm