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I remember a video that circulated back then, using "Dirty Laundry" as the background music

for a montage of photos and clips and outtakes galore of anchors and reporters at work. It was put together by the White House Correspondents Association for their big banquet that year (the one you see on TV with all the ballyhoo these days). Carole Simpson was president that year. They called it "Tapes of Wrath" and it was hilarious.

Remember how it became so prevalent that even Dan Aykroyd took it up on "Saturday Night Live"

in his spoof of Tom Snyder - an anchorman who I think originated here in Los Angeles. He soon got his own side program, as host of the "Tomorrow" show, the original late-night-talk follow-up to the "Tonight Show," where he could really show his personality. But even his news anchoring was personality-driven. A LOT of happy-talk and breaking the fourth wall and the banter with the other folks on the news set and reacting to stories. He really moved the goal posts. He did network anchoring for awhile, from New York as well. And Aykroyd sure nailed his signature guffaw, show after show and bit after bit.

Christian meme - BAH!!!! When they start acting like Christians, I will call them Christians.

This lifelong Catholic is STILL listening intently and carefully for ANY of their quotes that involve the Beatitudes or the "feed My lambs, feed My sheep," or "the lilies of the field neither toil nor spin, yet not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these" or "whatever you do to the least of these, you do to Me," or any of it.

Our Lord NEVER said (at least what I studied non-stop in Catholic school, or read later on for myself) "if you don't work you don't eat." That came from some letter from Paul the Hard-ass. And even HE in all his hard-assedness wrote the 1Corinthians epistle about what real selfless non-calculating non-agenda-driven LOVE is.

These people who call themselves "Christians" and wrap themselves around the Bible and the Cross - are little more than latter-day Pharisees. From all my observations, I have seen them neither practice nor preach the true message of Jesus.

Found this item, and I thought of your comments.

Especially since I admittedly and quite literally do not have expertise on such matters. I never served and the only "combat" I've ever known was in the back seat of some young dude's car when I was in high school.

But I found this illuminating:


You forgot the "Continental Origin" square.


WOW! Powerful!

Great collection.

Infuriating collection.

Horrifying collection.

Illuminating collection. (Hopefully.)

Welcome to DU, FuzzyRabbit!

Glad you're here! Great story. I remember when Daniel Schorr was a correspondent you saw on the "CBS Evening News" all the time. That was when it was okay for the gents to be older and look a little rumpled. Nobody was blow-drying their coifs or spending much time in the makeup chair back then. Not even the men.

Anybody remember the "new" fad in TV news during the 70s? The "happy talk" anchor team? They'd try to seem friendlier and more accessible, the transitions between anchors (usually male and female) were more easy-breezy, and it was no longer an event when an anchor(man) cracked up or laughed out loud about something on the air. Now it's commonplace. Almost gossipy. And "gossip" has developed into a King-Kong-Meets-Godzilla with an entire universe of its own.

Fair enough.

But I stand by my opinion. I don't want war toys on our city streets. It's just flatly inappropriate. I have been around enough kids to know that if you give them an exotic new toy, they're going to want to play with it. And they'll find any excuse to do so. In addition to that, the overkill - he wasn't the only officer so outfitted or equipped. I can only imagine facing a whole wall of them! And yes, it would be intimidating as all-get-out. I wish all I thought they were - was "exceedingly silly."

The sad thing here is - ordinarily, I do not fear the police. Why should I? This is America. I have two things in my favor - well, three these days. 1) I'm white. 2) I'm female. And 3) I'm now - um - older. I doubt anybody would feel threatened by looking at me. But seeing the police arrayed as that officer was - fills me with terror and dread. How easy would it be, with all that added and outlandish and over-the-top, militarized or military-issued - excuse me but I AM repeating it: "Heavy Artillery" - to inflame a situation out of control? One single plastic water bottle flying through the air the other night and a totally peaceful assembly went straight to hell.

I think those extremes are totally unwarranted. PARTICULARLY when you stir them into a cocktail of general and widespread distrust, a climate of "stand your ground" that has produced VERY bad results involving other white-versus-black confrontations in other communities (it adds up. It's cumulative. And it tends to be taken as a very distressing trend), continuing and exacerbated racial tensions, a local majority-white constabulary with a poor track record for dealing with a majority-African American community, local and state government as well as law enforcement that does not look like the community it is honor-bound to serve, and the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen. I think it's just asking for trouble. I think it's looking for, and even planning on, trouble. In effect, there's mutual distrust. Going to and coming from both directions.

And I won't take offense despite two attempts above to delicately flirt with same.

They sure like to smile for their mugshot photos in Texas, don't they?

tom delay - same thing. Look like you're proud of it, pal! Then when it's broadcast far and wide, there you are, smiling as though you were posing with Santa Claus at the local department store during Christmas season...

But don't look guilty! Don't look ashamed. Don't show weakness...

Great point, 99th_Monkey. When Walter Cronkite reached critical mass on the Vietnam War,

and turned against it, that was the coup de grace for Dinner-Hour-News-Watching-America. I believe there was an anecdote about LBJ lamenting the loss of Walter Cronkite as some sort of ally, because he felt that's what soured much of America against the war.

That was back in the day when a prime time network news anchor's nickname was "The Most Trusted Man in America." Know ANY mainstream news anchors, nowadays, who could justly say they've earned such a nickname?

I used to be proud of my former profession, as a news anchor/reporter myself. Now, not so much. Now, some of 'em don't even know their third-grade grammar basics anymore. I heard one network-level reporter saying that some people or efforts or some such plural "have went." "Have WENT"????? AAAARRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!! And THAT gets to rise to network-level cable/television?

Dear God.

No wonder America is so ill-informed anymore.

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