Tuesday, August 17, 2004

At the end of the day, they don't mean what they say

Walter Cronkite finally retires, the old jackass, and makes some parting shots as he goes: [Cronkite] said he values the Internet as a research tool, but he finds some stories published on the Web -- scandals especially -- play too fast and loose with the facts. "I am dumbfounded that there hasn't been a crackdown with the libel and slander laws on some of these would-be writers and reporters on the Internet. I expect that to develop in the fairly near future," he said. Yes, how dare we? How dare we, the uneducated, journalism-degree lacking masses? Only Serious Journalists like Walter Cronkite, with the trust of a whole nation rather than an audience of similarly independent-minded geeks, are allowed to play fast and loose with the facts. The high holy religion of sacred liberal journalism is collapsing, and he knows it; best to take a few shots at his sucessors' credibility while he's still revered, rather than when his own is sapped. "The decent newspapers try to be fair and present both sides of a disputed story in the community and our nation, and that is the essential of our history," he said. "It is where historians go to do their research. This is an absolutely vital link in the chain of culture that we call our democracy." I would be very interested to know what he thinks of as 'the decent newspapers.' I highly suspect the NYT and its ilk rank very high in this deluded old hack's mind for fairness. This is the dupe that personally, substantially contributed to losing in Vietnam with his nationally-viewed naysaying - and attempted to plant the same seed of morale-sapping doubt in Iraq too. Journalists who claim objectivity, despite all evidence to the contrary, are a very special kind of despicable hypocrite - and none more so than that high priest of the nattering nabobs, Walter Cronkite. (Via Instapundit.)

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