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Finding truth in the evening news …

I began my devotion to processing and keeping informed on current national and international events years ago with the daily watching of CBS news with Walter Cronkite, the most trusted reporter in the United States during his his reign. I believed, as others did, that his understanding and reporting of the news could be accepted as truth.

In the last two years, I gathered an analyzed the daily news from MSNBC. As if addicted, I find myself anticipating this daily newscast, which comes in on Channel 49 in Montgomery County. My keen understanding and interpretation of the news is influenced by MSNBC, where a trio of commentators — Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman and Rachel Maddow — are welcomed into my home. They serve as commentators as well as reporters that provide insight into the news that I can find nowhere else. 

To keep myself knowledgeable, I read regularly local papers,Newsweek, and USA Today. Now I add to this list the Matthews-Olberman-Maddow team of MSNBC. Their presentation, interpretation, deciphering and critiquing commentary is sterling. Each evening they superbly challenge us to think about the meaning of the news. They are master commentators with refreshing insights. With elegance, courage and intelligence they provide a fresh perspective in news reporting, and their reporting is dominated by a sensitivity to the whole truth in current events and politics.

On Hardball with Chris Matthews, Countdown with Keith Olberman, and The Rachel Maddow Show, these journalistic leaders have become authority figures in news reporting, offering impartiality and insight in characters, stories and politics that fill our daily news.

On many evenings after viewing these programs, I comment to myself on their “dramatic, moving and impressive” performances. Their shows are gripping and keep me tuning in nightly to find thought-provoking and convincing truthfulness.

For a fresh understanding of political events, for a deeper understanding of the significance of declarations by our political leaders and the meaning of political trends, turn on MSNBC. Their riveting discourses are worth the time; I recommend them highly.

Rev. Charles Moreland
Rev. Charles Moreland
Rev. Charles Moreland, retired, has lived in Clarksville for seven years and holds great pride in his adopted city and its people. His one objection in Tennessee is the Hall law of taxes on dividends and savings. Charles served in the U.S. Army Chaplaincy from 1966-1986, retiring to serve as a United Methodist pastor near Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the ARP, Roxy Theater and MCDP. Though retired, he is a regular speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. His five grandchildren, ages two to thirteen years, live in Evansville, Indiana. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in Germany and Korea while on active duty.


  1. Rachel Maddow infuses potentially incendiary political stories with welcome humor. That’s what sets her apart from all other pundits I’ve heard. She’s more on par with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and she’s a Rhodes scholar. She can afford to be even more honest because it’s all her perspective.

  2. I still miss Walter Cronkite, whom I worked with in the 1970s. I believe he was the only anchor man, then and now, to write his own material, which he did each weekday in his CBS office. In his 1972 election coverage, I was drafted as cameraman no. 1 of 21 positions. My early duties included filming the signs for which candidate won which state, which became monotonous, as McGovern won only in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. My final duty, late that night, was to film George McGovern’s concession. This was ironic, as I was the only one of the twenty-one cameramen who voted for McGovern, rather than Nixon. Perhaps Mr. Cronkite noticed the tears in my eyes, as a few days later this gentleman personally filled my champagne glass at his birthday party.

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