Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Peter Jennings' Farewell Thoughts on the News

Jennings' death came as a surprise to me. I never watch network news, but somehow I had missed all other discussion of his illness. I did catch an MSNBC retrospective on his career after his death. These were the closing words from Jennings himself, apparently from not too long ago:
There is no one absolute truth for all people. Everytime I hold a coin, I want to look at the other side.
There is honest journalism in that statement, but there is also a startling reflection of the spirit of this age. How appropriate that the era of long-term, iconic anchormen comes to a close with a denial of the idea that they ever spoke anything that was distinctly true.

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