American Bye

please-stand-by-tvHow striking that the announcements about two of America’s leading sources of news – Jon Stewart and Brian Williams – were made within hours of each other on the same day. It may be an overstatement to call it the death of news as we know it, but as a fan of both, it certainly is the end of an era.

So, to the tune of Don McLean’s American Pie…

A long, long time ago
I can still remember how
Evening news used to make me smile
And I knew if they had a chance
That they could hold us in a trance
And maybe we’d be smarter for a while

But February made me shiver
With every alert Google did deliver
Bad news on my Twitter feed
I almost didn’t want to read

I can’t remember if I cried
When I heard the plan to step aside
But something touched me deep inside
The day the newscast died…

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Rob Flaherty is Chairman of Ketchum, the global communications consultancy with 130 offices and affiliates worldwide. He is on the board of the Arthur W. Page Society, the Institute for Public Relations and the advisory board of Room to Read, which focuses on literacy and girls education in developing nations. Follow Rob on Twitter at @flahertyrob.