Jim Lehrer: Requiescat in Pace

Jim Lehrer died today at age 85.  He was a throwback to a better time in journalism.  After graduating from the University of Missouri, he served three years as a Marine Corps infantry officer, an experience he viewed as extremely valuable in teaching him about the world.  He will always be remembered as half of the McNeil-Lehrer news hour on NPR.  It was a favorite show of mine and the co-anchors did seem to attempt to give an objective factual account of the events of the day, a lost art now in Journalism.  He and his one and only wife were just shy of their 60th anniversary.  I will miss him.  May he now be covering the big stories in the Kindgom of Love Eternal.

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  1. There was a time in the late 80’s I watched the McNeil-Lehrer news hour every day. It was good then. At some point I stopped watching when the time was no longer convenient. Several years later it was quite a changed show and since the late Bush 2’s years, impossible to watch. I pray he’s in a better place.

  2. Like JFK above, I too once watched the McNeil-Lehrer news hour until it became so hopelessly biased leftward in contradiction to Jim Lehrer’s stated principles. In the 2000s I stopped watching it altogether. Right now I think govt financing of all public broadcasting like NPR and PBS should cease.

    As for Jim Lehrer, may his soul rest in peace.

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