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Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Great Transformation

Watching a PBS documentary on the 60s the other night I heard from Bats Buchanan how he and Nixon conjured up the idea of attacking the liberal media, a calumny still repeated today. Well, just as Washington politicians rarely hail from the middle class these days, journalists aren't "one of us" anymore either. Journalists used to slave for little money and sided with the little guy because in the society, they were pretty little as well. (Charles Peters of the Washington Monthly has been pushing this story for years -- he still pays himself a pittance to publish his magazine). Here and here.

Peter Jennings leaves estate of over $50 million - Yahoo! News: "NEW YORK (Reuters) - ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, who died of lung cancer in August, left an estate valued at more than $50 million, most of which was willed to his fourth wife and to two children from a previous marriage. "

Whatever Peter Jennings politics, I have trouble believing that anyone with this much money can possibly empathize with the struggles of ordinary Americans. Which is probably why we still don't have health care reform -- neither the media nor the politicians "get it."


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