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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Renowned ABC News journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75. ... Roberts co-anchored ABC's "This Week" with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002. She also served as political commentator, chief congressional analyst and a commentator for "This Week" during her three decades at ABC. Before joining ABC News in 1988, Roberts spent more than two decades at outlets including WNEW (1968), KNBC-TV (1974-77), CBS News (1974-1977) and NPR starting in 1978. She was also a correspondent for MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and a contributing senior news analyst for PBS.

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Roberts came from a political family: she was the daughter of (Thomas) Hale Boggs, the former Democratic House majority leader and representative from New Orleans. Her father was also a member of the Warren commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Cokey was one of the few that seemed to actually know something on the Sunday wrap-up shows.

#1 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-09-17 12:40 PM | Reply

Big loss. Cokie blazed a trail for women journalists, she was keen on history, and she had a well-honed ear for the truth.

#2 | Posted by cbob at 2019-09-17 02:09 PM | Reply

--and she had a well-honed ear for the truth.

So she was an old-school reporter unlike this new generation of activists posing as "journalists."

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-17 02:13 PM | Reply

Of course Grouchifidian has to immediately turn the thread into an attack on somebody. Go take your meds and STFU.

#4 | Posted by JOE at 2019-09-17 02:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

So she was an old-school reporter unlike this new generation of activists posing as "journalists."

#3 | Posted by nullifidian

No, she was a lib and did not hide it.

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-09-17 04:11 PM | Reply

I'm going to defend Nulli on this one, at least the part about Cokie being old-school.

I do think journalism overall has taken a step backward in the past 30 years or so. A lot of it is attributable to the emergence first of cable news and then of the Internet and social media. There are far more choices for people to get their news.

This sounds like a good thing, and it is in some ways, as more choice theoretically grows the marketplace of ideas. But there are several problems with this:
1. Many "journalists" today have no journalism background, whether through education, experience or training. A background in journalism teaches such skills as fairness, ethics, balanced reporting, good research techniques, knowledge of history, open-records laws, proper attribution, how to treat sources, all that kind of stuff that helps make you a better journalist. I see major shortcomings in one or more of those skills regularly.
2. The proliferation of talk shows, blogs, memes, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many other resources has blurred the line between fact and opinion. People find their tribes, tribe leaders take advantage of their passion, their biases are reinforced repeatedly, and the truth becomes irrelevant.
3. There's only so much advertising money to go around. As the traditional media lose their oligopolistic grip on ad dollars, their budgets to maintain a strong news staff dry up. So your local newspaper, especially, can't do its job as watchdog as effectively as it once did.
4. SEO, ad tracking, and Big Data have made it a lot easier to focus on, and in some cases manipulate, target audiences.
5. Many people are intentionally engaged in disinformation. Governments, businesses, individual hackers, thieves and others are creating fake news, fake events, fake people, and fake controversies to rile people, interfere with elections and damage public confidence in its institutions. Visual and audio editing software have made it much easier to misrepresent the truth.

#6 | Posted by cbob at 2019-09-17 04:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

So your local newspaper, especially, can't do its job as watchdog as effectively as it once did.

Very good post overall, Cbob. What I reproduced is the most concerning regarding our current state of journalism.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-09-17 04:53 PM | Reply

My local NPR station is fundraising in her name.

Mixed feelings on that one.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-09-17 05:09 PM | Reply

Remember those Hollywood movies about old-school reporters working in black and white newsrooms? Kids working their way up from newspaper boys to stringers and cub reporters. learning their craft on the job with the mentoring of some grizzly veteran wearing rumpled suits? Now they aren't "reporters," they are "jour-no-lists" straight out of j-school and dressed to impress.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-17 05:10 PM | Reply

Cokie was a favorite of mine. A good girl from home. She was always more into the actual stories than the hype. She's missed.

#10 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-09-17 09:09 PM | Reply

Respect to Ms. Roberts memory, and sending wishes for peace, and consolation to her loved ones, on the loss of this fine woman.

#11 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-09-17 09:46 PM | Reply

Always an enjoyable commentator. She said what she saw, no matter who she might annoy. The glowing tributes from nearly all in DC speaks to the respect she earned and the friends she made. RIP.

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2019-09-18 09:31 AM | Reply

She was awesome. The news last night didn't mention why she died. The article said breast cancer.....terrible.

#13 | Posted by eberly at 2019-09-18 09:52 AM | Reply

RIP world changer.

Suck it Jeanine Pirro.

#14 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-09-18 11:47 AM | Reply

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