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May 25, 2015

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Murrow was in a different class than Olbermann

Regarding Mark Isaacs’ Tuesday letter to the editor, headlined “Olbermann’s departure leaves a void”:

Most observers of cable news/commentary programs wondered how long it would be before Keith Olbermann’s tenure with MSNBC would be terminated. Most of the opinions and commentary Olbermann had to offer were vitriolic, ultraliberal and caustic.

Yet, in the body of Mr. Isaacs’ letter to the editor, he called Olbermann the heir to Edward R. Murrow. Really? While I agree with Isaacs’ assessment that Murrow personified the spirit and sensibilities of the seminal voice of honesty and integrity in American news broadcasting, I cannot recall the same inflammatory rhetoric, which Olbermann thrived on, ever escaping Murrow’s lips.

Murrow distinguished himself by enlightened and articulate commentary on the news of the day. He was erudite and compassionate. To attribute these same characteristics to one of the most caustic news commentators on cable television does a discredit to Murrow’s long and distinguished career.

Edward Murrow certainly is missed, but the Keith Olbermanns of present-day news commentary will never be.

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