Archive for July 23rd, 2010
For the last 20-25 years, Daniel Schorr was a commentator for National Public Radio. In particular, he did a week in review exchange with NPR host Scott Simon on Saturday mornings. Schorr’s insightful, incisive comments were a delight. His 70 year career as a highly-principled, highly-skilled journalist were brought to bear on current issues. He was able to offer listeners amazing insights in just a few words.
And now it has ended. Daniel Schorr died yesterday after a short illness. One Saturday he was exchanging jokes with Scott Simon; the next he is gone. Forever.
Schorr was also a link back to a time when skilled reporting and the discovery and reporting of truth had a far more important role than it seemingly does today. He worked with Edward Murrow at CBS. He conducted the first ever interview with Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev, where he obtained a level of candor that got him banned from the Soviet Union. He refused to reveal his source for a leaked CIA assassinations report, which led to his eventual departure from CBS. He left CNN when that network tried to force him to pair with a politician. He didn’t think journalism should be compromised by mixing it with a politician, creating pseudo-journalism. A prescient decision.
And Schorr had the preeminent badge of honor: he made Richard Nixon’s infamous Enemies List.
But mostly he brought an incredible amount of experience, high journalistic principles and an insightful analysis to the task of making the news and current events comprehensible. He was the last of his generation, and he did his generation proud.
Saturday mornings aren’t going to be the same without him. Schorr, and the principles he embodied, will be sorely missed.
R.I.P. Daniel Schott, 1916-2010.