Courtesy of Rolling Stone:
“Where are the eyes of the world? They’ve always been able to see you/Why did you give up and turn away at the moment that so many need you,” she sings in the song’s affecting second verse, a rumination on modern times with footage of fenced-in children, white nationalist protesters, and a Trump rally accompanying the lines, “Everything’s different but nothing much changes.”
Like many Americans of the baby-boomer generation, who marveled at the events as they happened decades ago, Carpenter found herself last summer revisiting documentaries, podcasts, and other commemorations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969. Unlike the present-day 24-hour news cycle across a wide spectrum of cable and streaming news outlets, the events of the time were mainly limited to grainy black-and-white footage aired on the three major broadcast networks, with CBS News coverage entrusted mainly to longtime anchor Walter Cronkite.
Cronkite was a voice of such calm yet authoritative reflection during two of the country’s most turbulent decades that the results of a 1972 poll would brand him “the most trusted man in America.” His ability to mirror the nation’s collective thoughts honestly, without drawing attention away from the story itself, was witnessed in his afternoon news-bulletin confirmation of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy as well as in the childlike wonder with which he witnessed the Apollo 11 landing six years later, taking off his glasses and exhaling with joyous relief and the simple, yet universal utterance of “Ohhh, boy,” as the Eagle touched down on the lunar surface. For Carpenter, Cronkite is a symbol of something that has perhaps been forever lost to the march of time.
“The song is less about an iconic newsman and his seminal broadcast of the Apollo moon landing and more about the mysterious passing of time,” Carpenter tells Rolling Stone Country. “Revisiting the social upheaval of the late Sixties in America through the lens of the present makes one question how much progress have we really made to better our society…Walter Cronkite remains a symbol of truth, trust, and integrity, and it’s very hard to find someone in our present day that collectively we can lean on in that way.”
I think I actualy talk about it more in private than I do on the website, but I also lament the loss of journalistic giants like Walter Cronkite.
When I was a kid you watched the news and accepted the validity of everything that it reported.
There was no partisan slant as there is today with local TV stations run by Sinclair Broadcasting, or cable news outlets, and in order to hear opinions about current events you typically had to tune in to one of the Sunday shows like Meet the Press.
Today we all choose to get our news from news outlets that reflect our views, which would be fine if the reporting remained all fact based, but as we know that is no longer reliably the case.
I personally make sure to watch Rachel Maddow for a clear understanding of what happened in politics, but to be honest there are times when her liberal leanings are a little too obvious.
I would openly welcome a news show on any channel that factually presented the news of the day without any agenda beyond informing the public.
However we have to realize that even if they were completely nonpartisan they would be attacked mercilessly for failing to appease one side of the political agenda or the other.
That is just the world that we live in right now, though I suppose it is helpful to remember that nothing lasts forever.