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(Washington Post)   Jim Lehrer, one of the last true journalists in America, announces he will step down as anchor of PBS' NewsHour, one of the last real news broadcasts we have left   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 108
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2011-05-12 12:05:03 PM
He deserves to enjoy his retirement.

But goddamn it, all the same.
 
2011-05-12 12:15:24 PM
Good riddance you impartial, thoughtful, insightful bastard.
 
2011-05-12 12:39:53 PM
Frontline's still pretty good.
 
2011-05-12 01:04:15 PM
I'm going to miss him.
 
2011-05-12 01:55:10 PM
Hopefully PBS will replace him with a hot blond news-reader.
 
2011-05-12 01:56:10 PM
Good luck in your retirement, Jim. Haven't always agreed with you, but have always respected you.
 
2011-05-12 01:58:06 PM
Okay, we have heard from the 5 people who watched this program......
 
2011-05-12 01:59:35 PM
I insist my news be delivered by a big titted, super blond 23 year old with the IQ of a rubber ball and no life experience.

fark it, might as well watch a porn newscast
 
2011-05-12 02:01:59 PM
I wonder if Julian Assange could be convinced to take the job.

He obviously wont hold back... Make a great reporter!
 
2011-05-12 02:02:31 PM
Really sorry to hear this. Jim Lehrer is a class act, no doubt.
 
2011-05-12 02:03:19 PM
www.casualhacker.net
 
2011-05-12 02:03:40 PM

richie65: I wonder if Julian Assange could be convinced to take the job.

He obviously wont hold back... Make a great reporter!


Except for the minor detail that he would be arrested as soon as he set foot on American soil...
 
2011-05-12 02:03:49 PM
He was the last of the great non-partisan reporters. This and Frontline are the last real news shows.
 
2011-05-12 02:03:54 PM
Pfft. I get all my news from 'The Daily Show.'
 
2011-05-12 02:04:14 PM
PBS is still the best television on Television. Always worth watching unlike the other networks.
 
2011-05-12 02:04:50 PM

therealpope: Okay, we have heard from the 5 people who watched this program......


Why am I not surprised that you apparently don't watch the program?
 
2011-05-12 02:04:58 PM
It hasn't been the same since McNeil left, anyway.

/no, he's great, happy retirement and all
 
2011-05-12 02:08:02 PM

special20: therealpope: Okay, we have heard from the 5 people who watched this program......

Why am I not surprised that you apparently don't watch the program?


It's 55 minutes too long.
 
2011-05-12 02:11:27 PM

Lemmy Kilmister: I insist my news be delivered by a big titted, super blond 23 year old with the IQ of a rubber ball and no life experience.

fark it, might as well watch a porn newscast


When your time on this Earth is done, at least you will be able to look back and say, "If I have done nothing else, I at least put the image of Jim Lehrer delivering a porn newscast in nyrkah1's head."
 
2011-05-12 02:11:33 PM
Maybe Glenn Beck can take over!
 
2011-05-12 02:11:33 PM
Simple solution - ban advertising on any program (or network) calling itself 'News'.
 
2011-05-12 02:11:44 PM

Lemmy Kilmister: I insist my news be delivered by a big titted, super blond 23 year old with the IQ of a rubber ball and no life experience.

fark it, might as well watch a porn newscast


No! I demand a disgraced politician, or an outrageous celebrity to be determined!
 
2011-05-12 02:14:47 PM

drb9: Hopefully PBS will replace him with a hot blond news-reader.


How about Gwen Ifill?
 
2011-05-12 02:18:03 PM

aearra: PBS is still the best television on Television. Always worth watching unlike the other networks.


da, comrade. nothing better than the puppets on the sesame collective and the state-run electric company.
 
2011-05-12 02:18:13 PM

drb9: Hopefully PBS will replace him with a hot blond news-reader.


www.100xr.com

Hears that!

/With a gleam in his eye
 
2011-05-12 02:19:15 PM
I still miss Bill Moyers.

There is no room for real journalism anymore only bs.
 
2011-05-12 02:20:35 PM

aearra: PBS is still the best television on Television. Always worth watching unlike the other networks.


You sound insightful and smarter than most people.

I want to have relations with you.
 
2011-05-12 02:21:07 PM
A friend of mine who is a regular watcher of NewsHour, and a long-time admirer of Jim Lehrer, had the misfortune to encounter the fellow at the Sunport in Albuquerque recently. He was disappouinted to find out that the guy is a real asshole - an imperious prima donna. Evidently he was required to go through security checks with all the other schmoes and kicked up a big stink, replete with the classic "don't you know who I am?" Made a real ass of himself. My friend was somewhat dejected and disappointed. I told him not to worry: All the bigshots are assholes.

CSB
 
2011-05-12 02:22:55 PM
I wish him well.

/never understood everyone's fascination with cable news, where it takes 45 min to cover the same story News Hour gives all the necessary info in usually 30 seconds.
 
2011-05-12 02:24:09 PM

drb9: Hopefully PBS will replace him with a hot blond news-reader.

a multi-anchor anchor format featuring Lehrer, Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Jeffrey Brown, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner. They will continue to anchor on a rotating basis after Lehrer departs.


Your wish, it is granted.

www.chronicle.pitt.edu

/meh, I'd probably hit it.
//wanna see the redhead?
 
2011-05-12 02:24:14 PM
I'm surprised he's held out this long. I thought he would have handed the reins over to Gwen Ifill long ago. He's done a great job, and I'm sure Ifill will continue to maintain the standard he's set.
 
2011-05-12 02:28:04 PM
what is this tele-vision thing you strange people speak of? is it an app?
 
2011-05-12 02:28:35 PM

Shostie: Frontline's still pretty good.


As long as you have some kind of antidepressant to take after you watch it.
 
2011-05-12 02:28:59 PM

drb9: Hopefully PBS will replace him with a hot blond news-reader.


www.ideastations.org
 
2011-05-12 02:29:23 PM
He is incredibly biased. Good riddance to bad rubbish
 
2011-05-12 02:29:57 PM

Uzzah: drb9: Hopefully PBS will replace him with a hot blond news-reader.

a multi-anchor anchor format featuring Lehrer, Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Jeffrey Brown, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner. They will continue to anchor on a rotating basis after Lehrer departs.

Your wish, it is granted.



/meh, I'd probably hit it.
//wanna see the redhead?


*shakes impotent fist of rage*
 
2011-05-12 02:30:04 PM
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Now more true than ever.
 
2011-05-12 02:30:07 PM
Jim Lehrer, one of the last true journalists in America, announces he will step down as anchor of PBS' NewsHour, one of the last real news broadcasts we have for the left

/They see me trollin
//They hatin
 
2011-05-12 02:32:14 PM
I've been watching it so long I still think of it as the McNeil Lehrer News Hour :/
 
2011-05-12 02:33:38 PM

aegean: He is incredibly biased. Good riddance to bad rubbish


1.bp.blogspot.com


There. Someone's noticing you. Are you happy?
 
2011-05-12 02:38:10 PM

Blues_X: Shostie: Frontline's still pretty good.

As long as you have some kind of antidepressant to take after you watch it.


That was always my opinion of NPR coverage. They're not biased, they just focus on the worst case scenario every time. Its the nihilist news network.

Lehrer is good though, but often dry to the point of unwatchable, especially when Brooks (slightly right-of-center fiscal conservative) debates Shields (quietly left-leaning). Its like Crossfire for tender, polite people.
 
2011-05-12 02:38:29 PM
Oddly, my parents and I were just talking about him last night and wondering when he was going to retire. Best news program in the United States.

I vote Gwen Ifill as his replacement - or Ray Suarez.
 
2011-05-12 02:39:43 PM
Should have figured he wasn't long for retirement after Bill Moyer skidaddled.
 
2011-05-12 02:41:25 PM
Gubermint funded talking head, who cares?
 
2011-05-12 02:43:01 PM

atomsmoosher: Lehrer is good though, but often dry to the point of unwatchable, especially when Brooks (slightly right-of-center fiscal conservative) debates Shields (quietly left-leaning). Its like Crossfire for tender, polite people.


You mean it's civil debate over serious issues in a mature and respectful manner? I can see where it's not as bombastic as a Michael Bay film, but the intellectual stimulation more than makes up for it.
 
2011-05-12 02:44:19 PM
Sam: I'll have you know I do watch educational television. Just last night I was watching... you know, those two guys on PBS who talk about the day's events?

Diane (skeptically): McNeil, Lehrer?

Sam: No, no... Bert and Ernie


/something like that
 
2011-05-12 02:45:43 PM

CapnBlues: atomsmoosher: Lehrer is good though, but often dry to the point of unwatchable, especially when Brooks (slightly right-of-center fiscal conservative) debates Shields (quietly left-leaning). Its like Crossfire for tender, polite people.

You mean it's civil debate over serious issues in a mature and respectful manner? I can see where it's not as bombastic as a Michael Bay film, but the intellectual stimulation more than makes up for it.


Exactly. You get it.
 
2011-05-12 02:47:26 PM

Hermione_Granger: There is no room for real journalism anymore only bs.


You know, I hear this crap all the time and I have to wonder where you people live that you can't find good news programs.

On PBS alone, I get at least three hours a day of good, in depth reporting between the PBS NewsHour, BBC World News America, the Nightly Business Report and Charlie Rose -- plus frequent news specials and documentaries. Add NPR to the mix and you can pretty much spend your entire day watching/listening to good reporters. And that is only counting the completely free, non-commercial shows available in most markets in America. If you include everything available online, and a few minutes a day cruising Fark, it's almost impossible to even digest all the quality news sources out there.

There are quite a few decent and not-quite-dead print newspapers and magazines available to anyone who wants to seek them out. You can read 'em for free at the library.

Even the cable and network news programs, if you can wade through the commercials and shouting, have some real reporting going on. Certainly more than most people have had available to them for most of history.

If you go out of your way to watch the most egregious cable news garbage and read the lowest-common-denominator news blogs on the Internet and then turn around and bemoan the dearth of "real journalism" in America, I don't know what to tell you. I know it's a popular sentiment, but it just ain't reality-based.

Or are you just looking for something to whine about?
 
2011-05-12 02:47:43 PM

Blues_X: Shostie: Frontline's still pretty good.

As long as you have some kind of antidepressant to take after you watch it.


I LOL'd

/This is a bummer, but his retirement is well deserved.
 
2011-05-12 02:48:23 PM

dionysusaur: Simple solution - ban advertising on any program (or network) calling itself 'News'.


While I don't agree with the idea of a ban, I certainly don't consider any network with advertising to be providing 'News'. If they are advertising (including underwriting, sponsorship, etc.), that makes ME the product, not the content being delivered.

/In the morning
//noagendashow.com
 
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