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Posts Tagged ‘cnn’

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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Iranian Resistance

Posted by AB on June 22, 2009

I have posted, here at Tar Heel Pirate, several times about the Iranian Presidential election and the fallout.  No matter how much I might like to keep this blog up-to-date on the happenings in Iran, there is simply too much going on for me to keep up. 

The people of Iran are engaged in a struggle for their basic freedoms, and whenever authority is challenged, there is great resistance.  It is difficult to tell where this may go, but there is a very real possibility that this is the beginning of a revolution.  Whatever the case, we can only hope that those who are protesting on the streets of Iran will have their voices heard without the threat of violence.  Unfortunately, we have seen threats of violence and tangible violence, already, and while the protests have gotten lighter, there is an ongoing passion to get justice from a seemingly flawed election.

My heart goes out to the Iranian people, no matter the side.  What we are seeing is democracy inside of a theocracy.  All parties should be heard, and all parties should be respected, without the fear of retribution.  We cannot expect an America-style system in Iran, and America should not interfere with the process that is taking place.  We should support the freedom to protest peacefully, and President Obama has shown tremendous leadership with his measured tone, despite over-the-top criticism from others.  Some of those critics believe that belligerent rhetoric will help those protesters, but nothing good can come from the United States Government taking sides in this situation.  We would never tolerate others injecting themselves into our elections, so we should back-off and allow them the same respect that we demand. 

For the best up-to-date info about the Iranian election (the photos are amazing):

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