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Posts Tagged ‘cbs’

Media Glee and Tiger Woods

Posted by AB on December 11, 2009

When the news came out that Tiger Woods had been in a car accident, I was watching a college football game on CBS.  During a commercial break, the CBS Sports anchor reported that Tiger Woods had been in a car accident, just outside his home, and was in serious condition.  The news seemed dire.  But a short time later, the same anchor backed off of the report that his condition was so serious.  I later went to my computer to see if there were any additional, more accurate reports.  I had no difficulty finding additional reports, but accuracy was at a premium.  Within about an hour, I must have read or heard a dozen different accounts of the story.  Unfortunately, weeks later, no one seems to know what really happened during that early morning incident, but that has not stopped the media from reporting each and every whisper that it hears.

In recent years, we have been inundated with the flaws of man.  The 24-hour cable news programs, along with the internet has magnified the sensational over the newsworthy.  They cannot be blamed, however, for the sensationalism.  It’s part competition, but it’s mostly because of the demand over an increasingly dumbed-down culture in our country.  What does it say about us that we are more interested in the “Octo-mom” or the “Balloon Boy?”  What does it say about us that we are more interested in the stories told by Tiger Woods’ mistresses than we are of health care reform?

All stories like that of Tiger’s have some journalistic merit, but I have rarely seen anything like the media backlash in this case.  Not since the Bill Clinton impeachment has infidelity received so much media attention–that’s saying a lot.  The thing has surprised and disappointed me is not so much the saturation of coverage, but the apparent glee on part of the media.  It has seemed as if many were just itching to unload on Tiger Woods.  No news or talk show host can refrain from shaking his or her head in response to the latest attention-grabbing rumor about Tiger Woods.  On the other hand, it is great to see that everyone in the media has been perfect throughout their entire lives.

No one can condone the actions of Tiger Woods, and I certainly won’t, but adultery is not a crime.  The relationship difficulties are between Tiger and his family, and no matter the disapproval by the media, he does not have to talk about that relationship with anyone.  So, media, it is okay to report on this story, but let’s just try to be a little less giddy about the fall of one of the world’s great popular entities. 

In hopes that Tiger Woods will have the courage to stand up after being knocked down, I’ll leave on a paragraph from Kahlil Gibran’s, The Prophet:

You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link.    This is but half the truth.  You are also as strong as your strongest link.                              To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of ocean by the frailty of its foam.                                                                                                                                                  To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconsistency.                       

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Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

Posted by AB on July 17, 2009

Once voted as the “Most Trusted Man in a America,” legendary newsman Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92.  He hosted the “CBS Evening News” from 1962-1981.  At a time when there were no 24-hour news network, Americans looked to trusted newsmen, like Cronkite, for news stories that Americans wanted and needed.  As I listen to, and read the glowing remembrances, I cannot help but despair at the thought that passes as news today.

Walter Cronkite announced that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.  Today, CNN’s Lou Dobbs suggested that the current President of the United States might be “undocumented,” and what was his proof?  A caller to his radio show told him. 

Walter Cronkite was with Americans as man landed on the moon.  Fox News Channel promotes and endorses anti-government “tea parties.”

Walter Cronkite investigated and reported about the Vietnam War.  During our most recent war in Iraq, Geraldo Rivera drew a map of US Military positions in the sand, risking soldier’s lives.

Walter Cronkite told Americans the truth about the crimes of the Nixon Administration.  One of Nixon’s cronies, and abject racist, Pat Buchanan is employed by MSNBC, and allowed face-time to spread his hate for minorities.

We, the consumers of the news, always want more.  More does not mean better, and nothing can be more clear on this day.  The 24-hour news networks compared with Walter Cronkite; I’ll take quality over quantity.  But these are different days, and “that’s the way it is.”

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