Monday, August 08, 2005

My Eulogy of Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings professional life was filled with the left-wing liberal fervor that will distort the compilation, distribution, and consumption of News in favor of fellow liberals. He rarely missed an opportunity to criticize Republicans while virtually ignoring the misgivings of his fellow left-wing liberals such as Former CBS News Anchor Dan Rather. After 20 years as Anchor of ABC Nightly News, his audience is neither informed nor prepared to intelligently respond to the free-flow of information that exists today.

Jenning's sarcastic remarks during the death of Former President, Ronald Wilson Reagan were petty and typical of the infectious liberalism in the Mainstream Media. Here is a sample:

• 9:13am PDT/12:13pm EDT: Just as hearse arrived at Point Mugu, Peter Jennings asserted: “It is an appropriate time I think to talk somewhat about the, the differences of opinion that were so strong in the country at the time, and as you alluded a little bit this morning, and we haven’t seen many African-American faces up at the presidential library or this morning, that the black community particularly in America has less time for the President than other constituencies.”

 • 7:18pm EDT/4:18pm PDT: As the casket-bearers were in the middle of the second leg of carrying the casket up the steps of West front of the Capitol, and as a military band played the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the camera zoomed in on a homemade poster: “God Speed Mr. Reagan.”

• Jennings decided it was a good time to point out: “There is so much to say about Ronald Reagan today and so much to talk about. 'God speed’ indeed. We’ve talked about his optimism and his modesty, his equanimity and his persistence. Not talked a lot yet about his relationship to African-Americans. Not heard much on this particular day -- seems appropriate -- from his critics.” So if it’s not appropriate at that time, why did Jennings bring it up?

• On Thursday’s Good Morning America, Jennings delivered a liberal cliche as he asserted that at the end of Reagan’s presidency “a great many people thought he'd made the wealthy wealthier and had not improved life particularly for the middle class, and there were just occasional intrusions yesterday of the divisiveness which was evident during his presidency, particularly in the African-American community, which felt that Ronald Reagan had not given it their due."

• "Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It's clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It's the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week….Parenting and governing don't have to be dirty words: the nation can't be run by an angry two-year-old." - Peter Jennings, 11/14/1994, ABC Radio

So for all of his journalistic follies I say, "Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust".

Mali D. Currington

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