What Boomer does not know this famous TV news sign-off? The Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC was the most watched news report for many years including the entire decade of the 60’s. Of course their top competitor was Walter Cronkite on CBS.
I don’t know how Chet Huntley and David Brinkley would relate to today’s news, but I think if they were reporting, they would still be the best. I’m not a big fan of the majority of news casts today. I’ve seen the news all over the country for years, but only a handful of reporters could do a really great story. I think 60 Minutes has good reporting and reporters. The network morning shows are okay, namely Today, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. Some news today is just a lot of entertainment and celebrity guests selling us on a movie, book, TV program, music video, fashion line or rehab center they are in or have been in.
For me, the king of the news shows was Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes. His out of control bushy eyebrows, dry humor and fearless negativity beat out the reporting of anyone else in my book. I looked forward to his bits at the end of the show every single week. Now that this favorite curmudgeon is gone, his crown of my news realm has been passed to Boomer reporter Bill Geist of CBS Sunday Morning.
One of my favorite questions is, “Why be normal?” Bill Geist always has the answer to that question. I DVR the Sunday Morning show just so I don’t have to miss Geist’s segment if the boss decides we need to go to church. I would never sacrifice a Bill Geist report for church. Would you? Seriously. I wouldn’t have known about Punkin Chunkin if it hadn’t been for Bill.
I am the Chief of Questions. What’s your favorite news program or who is your favorite news reporter today? Please don’t say it’s anyone with the last name Kardashian.