Sunday, December 7, 2008

It's not like it was

I read about the Bay Of Pigs tonight - 
Imagine - there were people, US Citizens on the edge of their seats listening to the radio and the TV reporters report on the news.

Kennedy had to decide - there wasn't anything staged (or was there?)? 

The press was there to report on his decision.

To report what they saw to the people watching, listening or reading.

Report what the heard too.

And so the people had a trusted source because the press was a separate entity - one concerned with it's own success.  And when something is concerned with its own success before anything anything can be accomplished.

And so the press was reliable as a source of information.

And actually reading the paper was a positive, intellectual, practical way to gather knowledge.

That is not what it is like today.

Not at all.

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