Do you happen to remember about 50 years ago? If you do, you remember first hand names like Walter Cronkite, and Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. That was before Brinkley ended up doing the Sunday morning gab fest. Those guys back then did network news and America watched. I mean, we stopped what we were doing to watch the news. I was only a kid back then, but I remember my grandparents having to have dinner at a certain time so they could watch the “Huntley/Brinkley Report”/ One guy in New York, one guy in Washington. Today, you’d think nothing of it with live reports around the world beamed to us in a matter of seconds. But back then, it was a big deal (and of course, it was in black and white).
Today, we’ve lost touch. The latest Gallup Poll shows that only 40% of Americans have faith in the media. That means 60% either think the media is full of Hillary, or they don’t have an opinion one way or another (which is just as bad really). That is an incredible loss in just 50 years. Back then, Walter Cronkite was the most respected and trusted man in America. He could tell you Martians had landed in Peoria and you would have believed him. Today, the media is laced with people with political bias and agendas. Both sides are well represented, though the right will swear that the left owns TV (which it does). What the right fails to tell you is they own talk radio (which they do).
So, how did we get to the point where we don’t trust anyone in Congress (most of us think it’s corrupt), don’t trust anyone in the media, don’t trust the president, and don’t trust the leading candidates for president in either party? In a couple of words, I think it’s called “political bias”. We’re not about ideas anymore. We’re about name-calling. We’re about bashing. We’ve lost the great statesmen of the past that used to debate issues and not sling mud.
Do you really think that Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy threw mud at each other in their debates? Go back and listen to them. These were statesmen. So were people like Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson. Tell me you think that either Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump or Jeb Bush fit into that category today?
America simply has lost its way. It’s not Hillary’s fault…and it’s not The Donald’s fault. It’s OUR fault. We are the ones that have put trust in them to lead. WE were the ones that elected Obama. WE got what we deserved. It’s We The People that made the bad decisions. It’s not the bad congress. It’s not the bad media. It’s us. Do you think the media would be more trustworthy if no one put up with the crap that’s on the networks today? No way! Viewers wouldn’t watch, advertisers wouldn’t spend their money and that type of behavior would go the way of the dinosaur.
The problem is, America doesn’t want the Walter Cronkite’s and Huntley/Brinkley’s of the world back. We got rid of them because they were too boring. They didn’t excite us. Neither did Richard Nixon (except in Watergate), or Jimmy Carter, or George HW Bush. No, we went for the brash young candidate that was likeable…that we could have a beer with. And we got a brash young candidate that we could have a beer with and didn’t know how to lead.
No, the media isn’t trustworthy. Washington isn’t trustworthy, and our candidates aren’t trustworthy. Who do you think we should blame?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!