Posted tagged ‘Walter Cronkite’

Dave Matthews Sees “Racism Everywhere”

September 21, 2009

Interesting interview with CNN and the Dave Matthews Band.

I think I grew up a very sheltered life. I spent my first 24 years only leaving the state of California twice, hardly ever leaving the Bay Area. What do you think? Is racism still a large part of our society?

From CNN:

We caught up with Matthews just as news hit the Web that former President Jimmy Carter believed racism was the root of some of the negativity directed toward President Obama in recent weeks. The 42-year-old singer-songwriter offered a unique perspective, as a man who split his childhood between the United States and South Africa during apartheid. The following is an edited version of the interview.

CNN: President Carter said he thinks that a lot of the animosity directed toward President Obama is race related.

Dave Matthews: Of course it is! I found there’s a fairly blatant racism in America that’s already there, and I don’t think I noticed it when I lived here as a kid. But when I went back to South Africa, and then it’s sort of thrust in your face, and then came back here — I just see it everywhere. There’s a good population of people in this country that are terrified of the president only because he’s black, even if they don’t say it. And I think a lot of them, behind closed doors, do say it.

Maybe I’m paranoid about it, but I don’t think someone who disagreed as strongly as they do with Obama — if it was Clinton — would have stood up and screamed at him during his speech. (Shakes his head) I don’t think so.

CNN: Everything has gone to such a frenzied pitch.

Matthews: I think a lot of it has to be on the press. We give the podium to a lot of people who shouldn’t have the podium. The message that’s delivered the loudest and in the most entertaining way is the one that we’re going to put on because that’s what we want. We want ratings more than we want to deliver information. That’s just where the culture’s gotten.

There’s no way that Walter Cronkite, as a young journalist, no way Ed Murrow would be hired to do news today. Not a chance.

CNN: Because they’re too low-key? Because they’re not bombastic?

Matthews: Because they’re thoughtful, and they’re patient, and they’re tying to tell you a truly balanced story. They’re trying to impart information. I don’t think that’s the goal [now] because it’s not a good business plan.

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60 Minutes Creator Dies

August 19, 2009

“60 Minutes” creater Don Hewitt has died today at the age of 86. I was not aware of this but earlier this year, Hewitt was diagnosed with a small, contained tumor.

I believe that Hewitt was also a pallbearer at Walter Cronkite’s funeral just this past month. He created a great show which has stood the test of time. RIP Don Hewitt.

From CBS:

Hewitt was already a veteran CBS newsman in 1968 when he created “60 Minutes,” pioneering the TV newsmagazine format. He served as executive producer of the program until his retirement in 2004.

Hewitt has been honored with the second annual Lifetime Achievement Emmy presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1995, he was awarded the Founders Emmy by the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

From CNN:

The winner of eight Emmy and two Peabody awards, Hewitt began working for CBS News as an associate director in 1948. He was executive producer of “60 Minutes” when it premiered on CBS on September 24, 1968.

Hewitt stepped down in June 2004, but the program remains on the air and is the No. 1 news program, according to CBS News’ Web site.

As recently as 2007, Hewitt was executive producer for the first-ever network television special coverage of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show on NBC.

Robert Novak Dies

August 18, 2009

Robert Novak, a political columnist and cable television fixture on stations such as CNN, died this morning at his home in Washington at the age of 78.

From the New York Times:

The cause was a malignant brain tumor, according to The Chicago Sun-Times, the home paper for Mr. Novak’s columns. It was the latest of a number of cancers and maladies, including spinal meningitis and broken bones, that Mr. Novak had suffered in recent years.

Mr. Novak rose from a $68-a-week cub reporter to become the wealthy proprietor of almost a cottage industry, achieving prominence and celebrity as an influential Washington pundit whose views leaned decidedly to the right while parlaying that renown into books, newsletters and political seminars he organized.

At one point his column appeared in as many as 300 newspapers, and he was one of the first personalities to emerge on all-news cable television. CNN put him on the air its first weekend.

Legendary News Anchor Walter Cronkite Dies

July 17, 2009

Very sad day today as legendary news broadcaster Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92.

In all that he did, he truly lived up to the title of”the most trusted man in America”.

I am too young to remember the great moments in history that he covered, but I have seen the video and can only imagine what it was like to hear him live. There may never be another like him.

If you have any memories of Walter Cronkite, please feel free to share.

RIP Walter Cronkite.

From the New York Times:

Walter Cronkite, an iconic CBS News journalist who defined the role of anchorman for a generation of television viewers, died Friday at the age of 92, his family said.

Mr. Cronkite anchored the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981, at a time when television became the dominant medium of the United States. He figuratively held the hand of the American public during the civil rights movement, the space race, the Vietnam war, and the impeachment of Richard Nixon. During his tenure, network newscasts were expanded to 30 minutes from 15.

In a review of Mr. Cronkite’s autobiography in 1997, the former New York Times columnist Tom Wicker wrote:

When John F. Kennedy was murdered in Dallas in 1963, Walter Cronkite stayed on the air for the Columbia Broadcasting System for countless hours. His performance that weekend helped pull together a nation stricken with grief and was a signal event in television’s evolution into the national nervous system.

When Mr. Cronkite came back from Vietnam after the Tet offensive of 1968, he concluded on national television that the war had become no better than a stalemate. Hearing that, President Lyndon Johnson told associates, ”If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” And he had. When Mr. Cronkite asked Robert Kennedy, then a senator from New York, whether he would run for President in 1968, Kennedy turned the tables: he proposed that Mr. Cronkite should run for the Senate. Mr. Cronkite refused, but the idea reflected polls showing that a journalist — a television journalist at that — had become the most trusted man in America.