Tim Cuprisin of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel uses the release of the new film “Good Night, and Good Luck” to look at who may be today’s version of Edward R. Murrow….
One of those news personalities is Geraldo Rivera, who reported live from New Orleans for Fox News Channel after Hurricane Katrina struck two months ago. He sees some of the coverage of that disaster as following in the tradition set by Murrow.
“Shep Smith was magnificent,” Rivera said. “Anderson Cooper was also very good.”
Smith is with Fox News, Cooper with CNN. Rivera isn’t alone in citing the cable news anchors for their work from New Orleans, tracing their style back a half-century.
Rivera described them as being in the Murrow mold of “sincere men motivated to use the power of television to right a terrible social disaster that was unfolding right before our eyes.”
There was Cooper on CNN, interviewing Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Sept. 1. She had been thanking other senators for their work in the crisis.
“Excuse me, senator, I’m sorry for interrupting. I haven’t heard that, because, for the last four days, I’ve been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated.”