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    Yesterday was the anniversary of JFK's assassination. We've heard stories of families mourning that tragic event, irrespective of whether they preferred a [D] or [R] after their name.

    They cried. They prayed for the USA. They mourned. IF anyone happened to be happy about it, I can't find any archival news story reporting that. I suspect that there were a few folks who were glad, though.

    But journalists years ago were actually journalists. They knew that reporting anything other than the facts and anything that would just be an anomaly, was not news; rather it was an emotional story to inflame and divide and, most importantly, sell like grocery aisle tabloids.

    Somehow I can't imagine that journalists would do the same today, if something like that were to happen. And, somehow I think that journalism has so lowered the level of political discourse that this sort of thing would not be an anomaly today.

    Just my opinion, but how sad for all of us.
     
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    Good point.

    Interestingly, on a vaguely related topic, there is currently a Parliamentary Inquiry in the UK into the ethics of the British media. It's all being show live on BBC News 24. If any of it is available in the US, I suggest people try to watch it. Many high profile people are giving evidence to the Inquiry about the invasion of privacy, theft of personal information, photographs, hacking of mobile phones, etc. It's fascinating stuff.... most of it I was already aware of but for those not so closely aligned to the media, it will be an eye opener.
     
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    I wouldn't go too far in glorifying journalists of the 60s. They covered up for JFK and hid not only his personal dalliances but his medical conditions. Hey, journalists in the 40s even covered up the fact that FDR was a cripple.

    When the assassination happened, they covered up things that the Kennedy family did not want reported.
     
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    Journalism used to be such an honorable metier.

    I would random a guess that anyone who meets a journalist today will have a natural suspicion of them and will be very aware of guarding their speech, if they even speak to them.

    If I can find that stuff you mentioned, I'll look at it. All journalists who behave badly should be spanked, irrespective of their leanings. If one is interested in what is left of the integrity of the 'profession', that is.
     
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    FOX wasn't around back then....
     
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    There are no journalists anymore. They are hacks and partisans with an agenda.
     
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    This is anecdotal, so take it for what it is worth, but I am from a small town in rural Missouri that is heavily Republican and Protestant. My family has always been Democrats (even back when it probably wasn't doing us any good - i.e. when we were in Tennessee during Reconstruction.). My father was in High School when Kennedy was assassinated and he said some people cheered. So every generation has its assholes.

    In that instance, I think such a pitiful response was more driven by religious (Kennedy being a Catholic) issues and not political.

    All and all though, the nation mourned. It was a tragic event. Apparently my Grandfather kept it all together until they watched the funeral procession on television and John Jr. saluted the casket. He then burst into tears.

    Other then that, I agree with you, to an extent, about the pitiful shape of journalism in this country.

    I blame the 24 hour media machine which has turned news into tabloid shit. That's why I won't watch CNN, Fox, or MSNBC.
     
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    Those are good points. However, I can stomach those flaws - and they were flaws, the people did have a right to know about FDR. About Kennedy's dalliances though? To me, that's not all that important. Great leaders throughout history usually had quite the personal lives, but they were still great leaders.

    Imagine the press today about Alexander the Great, just for example.
     
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    M'eh. Addison's Disease is easily manageable.

    And you get a nice tan.
     
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    Does the public have the 'right' to know every aspect of a person's life? I would say not necessarily. Just look at the way we treat other people's lives - particularly our politicians.
     

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