Monday, August 08, 2005

Peter, Dan, and Tom

I can think of little to add to the eulogies of Peter Jennings. One thought I had is not who will replace him as anchor, but who will replace him as elder statesman? Throughout the 1980s, and in some cases beyond, the networks invited a father figure to join the lead anchor during election coverage, NASA coverage, and the like.

Dan sought counsel from Walter Cronkite; John Chancellor guided Tom Brokaw; Peter Jennings had David Brinkley. Whatever one may have thought about their ideological bent, it was interesting to have someone with decades of experience.

Peter Jennings will be missed by his family, friends, and millions around the world. It would have been nice for him to retire to that elder statesman role.

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