In today’s Richmond Times Dispatch and syndicated in newspapers across the country in the ‘Today in History’ section comes this quote.
‘Journalists were never intended to be the cheerleaders of a society, the conductors of applause, the sycophants. Tragically, that is ther assigned role in authoritarion societies, but not here–not yet.” – Chet Huntley
Chet Huntley was half of the Huntley-Brinkley Report, the NBC Nightly News of its day from 1956-1970.
A few questions:
1) Why did Huntley add the …not here, not yet… part of that statement? Did he already see where journalism was headed and how it was being packed with leftist ideologues? Certainly Cronkite was already anti-war cheerleading, if you can call it that, over at CBS by the end of Huntley’s career. Cronkite was definitely more liberal activist than straight reporter of the news.
2) This probably doesn’t need to be asked because we already know the answer… What would Huntley think of NBC and its MSNBC division?
3) Would NBC even give Huntley a microphone today?