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January 20, 2006

Noonan on the New Media

In a column that covers a lot of familiar ground, Peggy Noonan does manage to get a good line off about Walter Cronkite, who recently said the U.S. should get out of Iraq:

You know who else experienced, up close and personal, the end of the information monopoly this week? Walter Cronkite. Once, he said America should leave Vietnam and the president of the United States said if we've lost him we've lost middle America. Now, Walter calls for withdrawal from Iraq and it occasions only one thing: stories about how once such a thing mattered.
I majored in journalism, and quickly discovered that most journalists are two things - extremely thin-skinned and prone to self-congratulation. Watching the old media figures try to remain relevant is actually kind of sad. In the future, Cronkite should probably avoid doing things that invite comparisons to the glory days.

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