One could argue the last truly independent and highly trusted news people were Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Morrow. People listened and trusted them.
Media changed everything. Ratings are king and trusted sources be- damned unless the ratings are present to support them.
It was never more evident than Rachel Maddow’s breathless revelation of the totally unremarkable tax returns of President Trump. She opened with thirty minutes of rumors and innuendo and culminated her rambling in a “revelation” that revealed absolutely nothing. It was, frankly, embarrassing.
How can we return to the days when we trusted Cronkite, Morrow, and yes, Senators Everett Dirksen and Patrick Moynihan? Can we ever return?