Even in this era of nanosecond news cycles, what happened at CBS News in the last year warrants a moment or two of reflection. There are some darker truths here to be absorbed — such as how deep and wide the roots of patriarchy reach throughout not just the media but the entire culture.
In a country without guts or common sense these days, host Tavis Smiley showed both bravery and reason recently when he dared utter the words: “This has gone too far.” He was, of course, referring to the PBS decision to suspend distribution of his talk show because of sexual misconduct allegations.
There is an irony that must be noted in television leading the way in making pariahs out of some of its biggest sexual predators, while Washington and much of corporate America drags their heels. TV, after all, has been the principle media teacher of patriarchy since its arrival after World War II.
If we are serious about trying to change society away from the oppression of patriarchy, now is the time for all good and intellectually honest media workers to hold their nerve, stay focused and not start making excuses and applying double standards when they see someone they had admired go down.
I couldn't help thinking about how much the culture has changed since the days of the TV Confessional when someone could sin badly and sit down with Ted Koppel in the 1980s or Oprah more recently and confess their sins and expect to be forgiven.
Marshall C. "Marsh" Anders Jr., a retired music teacher and church organist who had headed the music department at McDonogh School for nearly 50 years, died Nov. 15 of a stroke at Brightview Mays Chapel retirement community. He was 90.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
And so it is that I will come to TV tonight hoping to see one of the few anchors who has the stature and the credibility to call out Gingrich on his phony game of pounding the press by telling moderators how "stupid" (one of his favorite words) or "wrong" (another) their questions are take this compromised candidate on.
Let's just say Tuesday night's Bloomberg-Washington Post debate was one of those times when TV got in the way of the story instead of bringing it to us. I am talking about the producers of the debate deciding to have the candidates sit around a big table instead of standing at lecturns to debate.