Our Vid of the Day features the 1982, chart topper track… Dirty Laundry… Don Henley’s lyrical op-ed, which lambastes TV producers, who deliberately downgrade the news into tasteless sensationalism and insipid infotainment.
As far as I’m concerned, the steady demise of broadcast journalistic integrity has been an ongoing and growing concern, ever since anchorman Walter Cronkite… a.k.a. the most trusted man in America… retired from the CBS newsroom back on March 6, 1981. Indeed, CBS has yet to fill his shoes. To quote Cronkite’s own catchphrase, “And that’s the way it is.”
This is not to suggest that all reputable journalists have gone
extinct. However, seeing how they’re one Sharpie™ scrawled
signature away from prison, they are an endangered species.
The news about the news has only gotten worse since Uncle Walter’s departure, too. Nielsen ratings and advertisers’ dictates have more of a say-so regarding news content than News Producers. Undoubtedly, big biz unfriendly stories routinely wind up either diluted or dead. Beyond that, the GOP legislators’ budgetary axe has been sending Public Broadcasting (PBS) frantically scurrying about ISO corporate funding / grants. And that means their on-the-air, air quality has become polluted with big biz / big government crud, too.
The worst news of all is how the present DC regime has also been getting into the act. To clean up my assessment, let’s just say you need not be a geneticist or legitimate journalist to… allegorically speaking… conclude that the too-close-for-comfort relationship between the Oval Office and the FOX network’s propaganda ministers IS ideological inbreeding at its nastiest. For countless generations to come, such defective mindsets could easily breed true… to the detriment of American society… and beyond.