I grew up in the age of Walter Cronkite and other very trusted news broadcasters. My family turned into Cronkite, affectionally known as “Uncle Walter” to many of us, every night, to hear CBS’ nightly news at 6:00 PM.
As a nation, these news broadcasts were critical to keep us informed of world and national news. In my case, it conditioned me from an early age to trust these news reporters to dispense accurate and impartial news reports. The concept that they would even consider reporting on something that was not vetted and checked out in detail never even entered my mind. In fact, until the last 15-20 years or so, these national broadcasts were gospel to many of us “boomers” as CBS, ABC and NBC news were pragmatic and mostly on the money.