Jim Lehrer of the 'MacNeil-Lehrer Report' dies at 85
January 23, 2020 at 7:59 PM - Views: 45 #255278N2DocParticipant
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NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer, co-host and later host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” that for decades offered a thoughtful take on current events, has died, PBS said Thursday. He was 85.
Lehrer died “peacefully in his sleep,” according to PBS. He had suffered a heart attack in 1983 and more recently, had undergone heart valve surgery in April 2008.
For Lehrer, and for his friend and longtime partner Robert MacNeil, broadcast journalism was a service, with public understanding of events and issues its primary goal. Lehrer was also a frequent moderator of presidential debates.
“We both believed the American people were not as stupid as some of the folks publishing and programming for them believed,” Lehrer wrote in his 1992 memoir, “A Bus of My Own.”
January 23, 2020 at 8:44 PM #255302TheHermitParticipant
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When Lehrer retired from the Newshour was basically when I stopped watching TV news. I had noticed Koch brothers, among others, showing up in the credits as sponsors of the show, but so long as Jim was running the show, it was excellent.
Within weeks of Jim’s departure, you could detect the sharp right turn mainly in the stories they chose to cover. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff were good contributors as long as Lehrer was there to protect them, but clearly they did not have the stature to resist the pressures.
Jim was the last decent Presidential Debate moderator that I can recall.
RIP Jim Lehrer and PBS “news.”
January 23, 2020 at 8:46 PM #255305Ohio BarbarianModerator
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I liked Jim Lehrer. He was a good journalist.
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January 23, 2020 at 8:48 PM #255307Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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January 23, 2020 at 9:01 PM #255311bazukhovParticipant
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A fine journalist from the time when discussing was in fashion rather than the obligatory shouting, sneering, and bombast now in favor.
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January 23, 2020 at 9:02 PM #255312RufusTFireflyParticipant
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As I recall (the obit alludes to it), he also had a pretty good sense of humor.
(Coincidentally, although they weren’t yet a team, both Lehrer and MacNeil were in Dallas on 11/22/63)
January 23, 2020 at 9:41 PM #255334HassleCatParticipant
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Jim Lehrer seemed to ask good questions of public figures and maintained a healthy skepticism toward conventional wisdom. I liked him. Glad he had a good life.
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