Monday, August 8, 2005

Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings died from lung cancer last night.

He was a class act, and in a world of blow-dried packaged news anchors who use words like “efforting” (“We’re efforting to bring you the details as soon as they are available”) he stood above the rest, and that includes people like Tom Brokaw with his painful speech pattern and Dan Rather with his folksiness-on-crack delivery. I never forgot that Mr. Jennings was a journalist — a writer — rather than just a talking head. There are too few of them still around.

So, as he used to say to his on-air colleagues when he signed off, “Many thanks.”