Rukeyser's Inspiring Comments; Bozell Praises Network Coverage of Terrorist Attacks
1) An inspiring message from Louis Rukeyser, with a note of historical caution. He pleasingly observed that most Americans do not want to throw "Israel to the wolves as we did Czechoslovakia," but suggested "the fervor we feel today must be set against the uncomfortable reality, that despite similar fervor in the past, Fidel Castro still rules in Havana and Saddam Hussein in Baghdad." Rukeyser found encouragement, however, in a flag seller's sign which "said it all: 'These colors do not run.'"
Rukeyser opened Friday night's Wall Street Week on PBS with comments I
found quite compelling, so I took down a portion of what he said. Joining
him about halfway through his observations about the meaning of the
terrorist attacks, Rukeyser recalled:
To watch Rukeyser's commentary via RealPlayer or to listen to it via RealAudio: http://www.pbs.org/mpt/rukeyser/video.html
[Web Update: Several readers have suggested that Rukeyser confused Stanley Baldwin with Neville Chamberlain.]
The text of a statement by MRC President Brent Bozell released on Friday:
Our national news media have answered the call to duty with professionalism and patriotism. Let us cheer the important and inspiring work done by our nation's journalists.
One cannot overestimate the importance of their work, either. All of America was hanging on to their every word during the attacks and in their aftermath as it began to crawl out of the wreckage. The press responded with fierce professionalism.
It is difficult to fathom the pressure on a journalist, particularly the on-air reporter, at a time like this. On television, the anchors earned their name by staying calm and weighty when hysteria came naturally. Consider one incident, at the height of the crisis, just after the third plane had slammed into the Pentagon and no one, but no one, knew what to expect next. I was amazed as I watched Fox's Brit Hume quietly, soberly, but with the necessary urgency, relay that D.C. police were warning him there was another airplane roaring up the Potomac River at a high rate of speed. If true, its target might well have been the U.S. Capitol, right across the street from Mr. Hume's broadcast booth.
As now our own land has come under attack, as our own citizens have died needlessly In collapsing heaps of metal and cement, as the crushing reality hits that our very freedom is now imperiled, our national press corps has responded, showing that in a real crisis, they are the best of the best. I know I speak for millions when I offer a heartfelt 'thank you' to our entire national media for their sobriety and their sincerity, and their refreshing sense of national purpose. Like all our leaders, they have responded to tragedy by showing us how to display the best of ourselves when we're feeling the worst.
END Reprint of Statement. -- Brent Baker
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