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As bloggers, we know we’re part of a huge paradigm shift that has forced the world to witness the rapid decline of our beloved newspapers, and in lockstep, a bittersweet goodbye to a beautiful old school of gritty, focused, research-and-field based journalism.
Few things signify the end of that truly incredible journalistic era than the loss of Walter Cronkite, who passed away on Friday evening, at the age of 92.
Is it his tone of honesty that will be missed most? His dedication to the country? Perhaps his immeasurable influence (defined, one could argue, by the devastating impact his February 27, 1968 statement had on the on the nation’s support of the Vietnam War, see video link below):
We wish an eternal good night to Robert McNamara, who died in his sleep early this morning at the age of 93. There were many lessons learned from the former Secretary of Defense’s mistakes regarding US involvement in the Vietnam war, to be sure–but perhaps we gleaned more by appreciating his ability to look back and actually admit when and how he was wrong. We’re Asian for chrissake; we certainly know how difficult the latter can be.
Jackson is the reason that a perfect stranger sang “Dirty Diana” to me over morning coffee, why I danced under a restaurant awning at lunch–and why I feel shocked and empty now.
Say what you will about the man–he was the greatest performer that ever was, and a bearer of some shames we may never understand–he will never be forgotten.