Thursday, June 1, 2006

Anchors Away

How many of you care that Katie Couric has ended her reign as the perky princess of the Today show and is in route to be the voice from above the glass ceiling at CBS? Once America was riveted when an anchor passed his mantle a la Cronkite. And we, as a nation, actually stopped what we were doing and sat in front of the television to hear the nightly news. As the NYT gave us all the news that was fit to print, Cronkite told us the way it was that day. All was well with the world, Beaver was a lad who exemplified Everyboy who lived in a nuclear family, and we liked Ike. Now the world is confusing like a pastoral parishioner who no longer has the patriarchal priest to read the text, explain its meaning, and tell him how to act in accordance therewith. I'm Rather sad.

6 comments:

jharkansas said...

James, I'm sorry.  Katie who?

obfuscator22 said...

How many puns and metaphors can dance on the head of a pin?  I guess it's all relative.  My parents relied on Cronkite for the news, My grandparents relied on Murrow, and my great, great grandparents relied on Thomas Nast.

jakeho said...

Exactly, Joseph. The last time I remember watching evening broadcast news was to see how Rather would address his scandalous role in Filegate as he vacated his anchor seat.

Geo., who do you rely on for your news now?

constancehogue said...

My esteem for Katie went up the other day when she interviewed Gracia Burnham on Nightline. She did a good job and it was a wonderful exposure for what the Lord did through the Burnhams lives when taken captive by terrorists in the Philippines five years ago.  Love,  CTH

jakeho said...

      I'm glad that Katie gave Gracia a positive platform to present the Burnham's testimony in the Philippines. She will definitely humanize CBS evening news and modernize it more: CBS has evolved from the authoritative, authoritarian voice of Cronkite through the quirky, folksy Rather to the engaging, earnest Couric.

piperfromtn said...

I'm speechless.