|Edward R. Murrow
Are the American people as reasonable and restrained as they were then?
Is the American media willing to give up its recent binge on inflammatory spin, and return to a more balanced, thoughtful approach in news coverage?
"For surely we shall pay for using this most powerful instrument of communication to insulate the citizenry from the hard and demanding realities which must be faced if we are to survive. I mean the word survive literally." Smart guy, that Mr. Murrow.
Less spin, and more honest, factual, balanced reporting might go a long way toward resolving today's societal rifts. But don't expect it to happen. Today's news outlets know their audience through tons of research, and they're far more likely to do things to provide that segmented audience with biased reinforcement and instant gratification rather than risk losing it by offering what Murrow called fairly and calmly presented content.