Sunday, July 25, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1246, July 25th, 2010


“All news is an exaggeration of life.” Daniel Schorr

Daniel Schorr died Friday. He was the last lion of the famed Edward R. Murrow boys who changed the course of news dissemination. All of them, Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Douglas Edwards were writers and reporters first, then TV journalists. My first memories of Schorr were when I used to watch him report on the Cronkite broadcasts. I was struck by the fact that he did not have the grand voice I thought a broadcaster should have. In a strange sort of way he was very cool. Almost unflappable. He proved that when he read his own name on the air when he got a hold of Richard Nixon’s enemy’s list and found himself on it. When he left CBS, Schorr became a mainstay on the new and exciting CNN. He later ended his career, right up to his dying breath at National Public Radio. At the age of 93 he was a walking history book having lived and reported on more than 75 years of the last century. About doing the right thing as a reporter, Schorr once mentioned his mentor Murrow saying, Whenever I'm not sure about something, the ethics of something, the question I ask myself is, 'What would Murrow have done? What would Murrow say?' It seems strange after all these years that I still have him as a kind of symbol and an emblem to live by, but I do.” Hopefully there are young reporters, worldwide and local today who might look to Daniel Schorr’s broadcast body of work, and when in doubt, ask the same question citing Schorr as that example.


At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sad that the giants of broadcasting are nearly all gone.
I'd like to believe they will be replaced by a new generation of journalists. But that's not likely to happen when the very basis of current 'journalism' is centered on traffic accidents, fires, and court cases.Yes, they deserve attention.
But too little time seems to be spent on presenting news that dosen't command 'top story status.' but is still important to the community.
I remember seeing a legal ad about a zoning change that, if you took the time to read, reveled that an organization was trying to open a half way house for a substantial number of prison inmates.
I passed this along to one local news outlet that marked the date of the Zoning Board hearing in the hope someone would be available to cover the session.
But why wait! The ad contained names and addresses. A good reporter could have started checking the proposal out weeks before the meeting. And, by the way, the newspaper didn't have a story about the plan...just the legal ad.
I believe we could use a few more "old school journalists." But, that's just my opinion.
David DeCosmo

At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

See now I know why you're such a freakin' flaming liberal. Watching Schorr, Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley when you were a kid? No wonder!

At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just kill 7:24 already, will ya???

At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly no one remembers Murrow and the gang who created TV News. They dont know that it was Murrow who challenged McCarthy or Cronkite who spoke out against Vietnam. Today we have pretty faces and empty talking heads nationally and locally. I dont know where they get their degrees, but the majority cant even write a story that makes sense. Channel 16 mentions location at the start and end of each story as if viewers are too stupid to remember. There is unfortunately nothing of substance in between. There may be one or two local TV Journalists currently working in this market at best. You and I both know who they are. Mr DeCosmo is another breed from another time. The old time reporter and one of the best ever. Professionalism dropped several notches in this market when he left the scene.

Pete Cassidy

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The actions of Murrow and Cronkite speaking out are actually not what journalism is all about. Those two actions, separate but equal, brought forth activst journalism that has been demeaned further by the likes of Bill O'Rielly and Steve Corbett.
Murrow and Cronkite were concerned with only one thing, the same thing all these a--hole talking heads are concerned with...Ratings


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