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  1. Bill M says:

    I don’t know which would be worse, Bernie Sanders in a swimsuit contest or Sarah Huckabe on the nightly news. I remember well each night as Walter Cronkite would sign off. He was an amateur radio operator also, KB2GSD.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      I miss television news free of sound effects, distracting graphics, vapid interviews—reporters interviewing reporters!!!—and white noise. I rewatched the film, Good Night and Good Luck, the other day. It’s still really good.

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      1. Yeah, back in the old days with the Fairness doctrine. Have you read Murrows speech to to the Radio and Television association? He tore them up. Look it up.

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      2. mcfeats says:

        I should. I only have seen the movie.

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    2. John Cooper says:

      That’s awesome. How I would have thrilled to hear Cronkite’s voice on a ham radio.

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  2. Bill M says:

    WE need more Walter Cronkites and Dave Garroways. Real news, less sound bites and sensationalism and none of the CNN screamers. Peace.

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  3. More things to cheer us up: School boards around the country are tweaking every syllabus of every class that they can to weed out anything that questions US exceptionalism and supports labor, skepticism, or anything positive about any other country than the grand ol’ U S of A. Also, textbooks (who writes and then edits them (in Texas)) are being replaced by corporations like Pearsons that make online education texts and tests. Hmmmmmmm….. a corporation. Just like the the others that lobby (successfully mostly with republicans) to push for deregulations or tax breaks for them in exchange for campaign bucks. Oh, yeah. Nearly every employee or officer in very department in the government that has been created to protect citizens and the air, land, and water they live in has been fired, kicked or pushed out and replaced with political and corporate flunkies who are shamefully unqualified. Even diplomats are quitting, and the departments made to protect us from biological or even cyber attacks are undercut and are unable to do their jobs. Feel safer yet? Then we have print media, you know, the facts that you can read and if you forgot them then you can see it again, unlike some online news roll that has no real time to get things right or analytically go over the issues. Freedom of the press? Aint that a quaint antique saying? Yeah, and build the wall, build the wall but not fix our bridges, roads, and railways. Oh no. just build a fence. Asaaaaaaaaarrrgghhhh.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      The biggest victim: the environment. The current administration has declared war on nature. Scientific data have been deleted from government websites. We dropped out of the Paris Agreement. We shrunk national parks and we’re drilling in places that don’t even have oil. At least California and a few car companies are resisting DC’s mandate to roll back emissions standards.

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    2. Bill M says:

      From the 1980s on this country has lost sight of everything including proper regulation, proper government FOR the people, education, and more, and has only fostered a materialistic all about getting stuff, money, and more money to foster even more corporate greed and more money — only for the CEO or whomever is at the helm.

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      1. mcfeats says:

        Colleges have sadly adopted the corporate vision of infinite growth. Regardless of the success of a given practice, we dispense with the practice in the name of some shiny new idea, which is usually just the latest dribble pedaled by a tech interest. More snake oil based on manipulated metrics. Instead of returning to the basics of quality education, we have students take quizzes on smart phones. “Look, Mommy. I used an app today. I’m the future.”—or so says the vapid commercial featuring a montage of smiles hypnotized by screens.

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