Referring to the Jovian authority once granted to the network news anchors, Oxblog observes accurately that journalists shouldn’t be pining for nostaglia:

Well you know what? Jovian authority sucks. Jovian authority is what gave us Jayson Blair and CBS’s forged documents about Bush and the National Guard.

But what’s really ironic here is that journalists should be the first ones to remind us that Jovian authority sucks. In the crucible of modern American journalism known as Vietnam, correspondents earned their stripes by pulling back the curtain that protected the Jovian authority with which President Johnson and his generals declared the war effort to be a great success.