Friday, April 07, 2006
The End of Network News as We Know It
The hiring of Katie Couric to take over the anchor spot for CBS News represents the death knell of that network's long and distinguished history of dignified broadcast journalism. This is the network of Murrow, Severeid, (younger) Mike Wallace, etc. I am disturbed by the fact that the network has taken the path of least resistance instead of either keeping Bob Schieffer on, or developing someone new to take over. Now, even the conceit of an anchor at least having a hand in the reporting and writing of news stories appears to be out the window. I am aware that Couric has a news background, but come, now. Now that Mike Wallace has announced his retirement, the last link to the network's venerable roots will be severed, and CBS will wallow in the muck of garbage journalism like the rest of them.