Monday, August 08, 2005

Peter Jennings - the last of the actual news anchors

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Peter Jennings just passed away at the age of 67 of lung cancer.

With his passing we've seen the last of the real news anchors on American TV. After he went off the air I stopped watching the news. He had a wit, charm and eloquence about him that no one else in television news managed. He was handsome, Canadian and erudite. And within the constraints of ABC's news programming, he managed to impart more information than any of the other TV news anchors. Where Dan Rather always seemed a bit rough around the edges, Peter Jennings oozed suaveness.

I remember a special he did after the Passion came out about the lives of Jesus and Paul. Clearly this was something the network was doing to cash in on the media frenzy. And yet he managed to make it fascinating, historical, and insightful.

Now the news is in the hands of faceless, bland characters with the personality of wet noodles and the charisma of slightly musty gym towels, who can't think for themselves and largely focus on the latest white girl kidnapping story.

I'll miss Peter Jennings - maybe because he was a foreigner, he managed to remember that there are other places in this world than the U.S. And I always thought he was sort of sexy, in a rugged, mature sort of way.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Molly Romero said...

Peter Jennings was one of my
favorite newspersons. I guess
it's because we see you guys on
TV every day, anyway when something
happens we mourn with the family as
if one of our own family members
had died. May God have you in the
palm of his hand.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with the preceeding sentiments. The replacement for Rather, a local boy (Ft Worth), & Ted Koppel, are all we have left.

I see Stephanosis (sp) as the very best replacement permanently, when Ted goes. Night Line will not ever be the same without Ted, just as Evening has already suffered without Jennings. I discovered him late, after Brocaw.
We prayed for his recovery and return although the realistic chances played itself out.
Would Koppell even consider the Anchor Post ????
I mourn for our losses, including Rather and the others 'run off" by their networks, trying to make them 'readers" instead of newsmen. Now we have little source of realiable news.

World & National News aren't able to get new viewers and now they are driving away the ones they have. Thank God for Public Radio and Public Television--which those in power are trying to kill. ml

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PETER JENNINGS WAS MARRIED 4 TIMES. DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAMES OF HIS 4 HUSBANDS?

6:24 PM  
Blogger WISELITTLEFOCKER said...

WAS PETER JENNINGS GAY? I HEARD HE WAS AND HE MARRIED JUST TO HIDE IT.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PETER JENNINGS WAS A CLASS ACT.
SMART, SUAVE, COOL , CALM AND COLLECTED..BUT YET HE HAD A WARMTH AND ALOT OF SOUL.....AND CARING..AND HUMANITY ABOUT HIM.
HE WAS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE NEWSCASTER OF ALL TIMES..
HE WAS THE BEST..AND SIMPLY TOO YOUNG TO LEAVE THIS WORLD.
REST IN PEACE PETER.
MISS YOU ALREADY.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he was a great news anchor journalist commentator etc etc he will be missed

1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Working for ABC TV in the Chicago offices, I was especially impressed by his reports from the mid-east after his stint as "anchor boy". Truly a self-educated Rennaisaance man, he was a class act, probably irreplaceable.

2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Mr. Jennings was, no doubt, a kind and decent person, I will remember him because of his unfortunate reliance on so called experts who really did not tell the truth. OK, here it comes, now you can brand me. When he did his series on 'The Historical Jesus", he relied heavily on the opinions of a few radicals know as "The Jesus Seminar". This group's avowed mission is the demotion of Jesus. (See Robert Funk's writings). That is not fair and balanced journalism when there are many other sources to choose from who could have surprised this large audience with many little known historical facts that support the historical basis for much of Christianity (Though, in the end, it is obviously still a matter of faith.) It really made me wonder what other "news" we get is really reliable.

10:30 AM  

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