Saturday, March 31, 2007
Perhaps, enough is enough.
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You can give ABC your input by clicking right here and sending them a note.
Then, for you locals, go here and you can give WFTV, Channel Nine your input.
After sending messages to both ABC and WFTV, I myself, after decades of watching Channel Nine, will switch to WKMG, Channel Six. Here's one reason why.
WKMG is owned and operated by Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc., a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. The callsign, WKMG, was chosen in honor of longtime Washington Post publisher, Katharine M. Graham.
Who is Katharine M. Graham?
At her death in 2001, President Bush stated, "She was a true leader and a true lady, steely yet shy, powerful yet humble, known for her integrity and always gracious and generous to others."
Louis D. Boccardi, president and chief executive of The Associated Press, described Mrs. Graham as "a hero - for the way she met the challenge of taking over The Washington Post Co., for what she did with it, for what she stood for in journalism, and for the inspiration she provided to other women."
Bob Woodward said about Mrs. Graham, " Accompanying her bravery was a deep sense of the peril of being wrong or unfair or shallow or even being miscast as partisan".
Fair, unbiased, honest.
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, chairman emeritus of The New York Times Co., said Mrs. Graham "used her intelligence, her courage and her wit to transform the landscape of American journalism."
Mrs. Graham took charge of the Washington Post in 1963 at the age of 46. Mrs. Graham evolved from a self-described timid housewife into a guiding force in American journalism. With a steady hand, she led the Post through the turbulent days of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate and beyond, emerging as a powerful voice for a free and impartial press.
Author David Halberstam said about her "Because she had not been raised to do it, because she had self-doubt, it made her a great listener," he said. "Some of the weaknesses that she seemingly brought turned out not to be deficits, because she was such a good listener."
In 20 years, Mrs. Graham nurtured the paper her father had purchased at bankruptcy auction into a media empire that ranked 271st on the Fortune 500 list by the time she turned it over to her son in 1991. The Post conglomerate grew to include newspaper, magazines (including Newsweek), cable and broadcast properties, including WDIV-Detroit, KPRC-Houston, WPLG-Miami, KSAT-San Antonio, WKMG-Orlando and WJXT-Jacksonville.
Ben Bradlee, her longtime executive editor, said Mrs. Graham's legacy was that "she set a newspaper on a course that took it to the very top ranks of American journalism in principle and excellence and fairness.
Mrs. Graham's mettle was forged in the tumult of 1970s, in the showdown over the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of the Vietnam War, and in the Post's dogged pursuit of the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon.
At the critical moment in 1971 when she made the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, in defiance of government protests and against legal advice - but after The New York Times had already broken the story - a frightened Mrs. Graham gulped and said, "Let's go. Let's publish."
She later wrote, "Publishing the Pentagon Papers made future decisions easier, even possible. Most of all it prepared us -- and I suspect, unfortunately, Nixon as well -- for Watergate."
The Post's dogged reporting of Watergate was its defining moment. Mrs. Graham, though, remembered it as "a particularly lonely" time for the paper.
"I sometimes privately thought: If this is such a hell of a story, then where is everybody else?" she wrote.
In 1974, she was the first woman elected to The Associated Press board of directors, serving the maximum nine years. She also was chairman of the American Newspaper Publishers Association from 1980-82. That group is now called the Newspaper Association of America.
Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle, D-S.D., "She was not simply one of the best woman newspaper publishers this country has ever produced. She was one of the best newspaper publishers America has ever seen, period."
Graham's memoirs, Personal History, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
Regardless of what she did in life, Mrs. Graham did it with "integrity, humility, impartiality, honesty", and often against legal advice. She made sure what she printed or said was the truth.
Is this really one of the reason's I have chosen to change channels for the time being? Yes. I don't really need another reason.
Katharine Graham has been widely described as one of the most powerful American women of the 20th century.
Rosie O'Donnell is a comedienne.
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