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Page 4 Free Press Thursday, February 12, 2015 I Ill Somewhere Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Peter Jennings are either turning in their graves, rolling their eyes -or both. Brian Williams, the anchor liams reportedly commands a hefty $13 million a year sal- ary to do what he does. But that early evening time slot, which in our view- ing area is 5:30 p.m., has seen its chunk of viewers slowly shrink over the decades as audiences become younger and they turn to alternatives on cable and the Internet. and editor of NBC Nightly This breech of trust can News, has peacock egg on his surely not help that decline. face after having been "out- ed" for largely fabricating accounts of being an imbed- ded reporter during the early days of the IraqWar in 2003. Seems he "misremembered" a sequence of the events where he was either on board an Army Chinook helicopter that took enemy fire and was forced to land, or not. It was refreshing to see that defines misremember as: "to remem- ber incorrectly." So at least Williams wasn't making that up, too. The broadcasting compe- tition had a field day kick- ing sand in the face of NBC, which has ruled the iconic nightly newscasts of "The Big 3" networks that also include ABC and CBS. Wil- Watching Williams and his counterparts has been part ofmany American's nightly viewing habits since televi- sion first came into out living rooms well over a half-cen- tury ago. Baby Boomers and those older put explicit trust in the mustachioed Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley as they delivered the news each night into our living rooms, largely on black and white televisions with rabbit ear antennas. These men came into our homes each night and we trusted what they said to be true. Perhaps, if we had the type of mass communications that exists today, they, too, might have been found to have a few skeletons hiding somewhere. Ironically, it was not but a few weeks ago when NBC sought to promote their nightly broadcast with a theme centered around trust. Williams' memory, or ethics, lapse, was brought to light by a reporter for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. The worldwide military pub- lication ran a story on how aircrews actually remem- bered the incident. Williams made a mistake saying it in the first place, but more critical to the dam- age control aspect was his continuing to spin the yarn, to the point of retelling the story to late night talker David Letterman on the 10th anniversary of the alleged incident. And now, with the closet door cracked open just a little, other "misremember- ings," seem to be seeking the light of day. Things such as Williams' experience with dead bodies floating past his five-star hotel in downtown New Orleans in the 2005 Hurricane Katrina aftermath. Outside of the fact that it commands its share of na- tional newscasts and column inches in newspapers, why is the Williams' story relevant locally? Because it touches on the same level of trust our read- ers place in the Cheney Free Press. Whether it be city coun- cil, school board or the week- end sporting event, our read- ers trust us to tell it like it is, not like we may wish it to be. We all strive to make sure we get it right. And while there might be an occasional error, which we do our best to correct, there is never an outright effort to deceive, as it appears Williams has done. To his credit, Williams' has taken a self-imposed leave of absence. It's an attempt he said to keep him from "being the news." He was recently suspended from NBC for six months without pay. Whatever comes out in the end stands to tarnish everything positive Williams might have done in his ca- reer because one lie brings to doubt a thousand truths. Furthermore, a recent survey says that trust in the media is at an all time low in this country, making even more people skeptical. And in today's world that is hardly a good sign. Write to the Point ke your Friendivus one that you w r fo By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Well folks, Valentine's Day is two days away. To some people, this holi- day is a con- coction con- ceived by the candy, floral and greeting card compa- nies on Feb. 14 to make some extra cash. For others it's the day to express their love for their significant other and shower them with affection, candy, chocolate, flowers - or in some cultures a chicken. I don't have a problem with Val entine's Day. I like the bright colors, the candy and the core message of ex- pressing the love and joy in our hearts. It's something we should do more often. I'll admit that like most holidays we celebrate in the United States there is a lot of commercialism attached to it. While I do appreciate the core message of telling your loved ones how you feel though there could be alternative ways to go about it. One Of these is a new holiday called "Friendi- vus," which is celebrated Feb. 14. Friendivus is also like Festivus - a concept that originated from the TV show "Seinfeld" that has evolved into its own holiday- in that it's for people who are tired of the commercialism associated with Valentine's Day. It is also similar to Yst/iv inp/iiv i, a Finnish holiday that translates into "Friend Day." Ysttiv inp iiv i is more about remembering and celebrating friendships. Gather your compadres and start planning your Friendivus day. If you know someone who is Coming off a break up, divorced or is single and you think they'll be depressed because they are alone on Valentine's Day, invite them along for the fun. Friendivus starts with a traditional brunch at a local diner or restaurant. During the meal, everyone at the table gives a compliment to the person to their right. They can also share funny See Write to the Point page 5 FREE S Vol. 118 - No. 43 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Pressman Mark Cordes Sales Steve Barge DeeAnn Gibb Front Office Venus Bratsveen Dawn Chernak Editor John McCallum Reporters Paul Delaney AI Stover Graphics Brittani Montecucco John Myers Bookkeeper/Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, A! Stover, Brittani Montecucco, Bill lift, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press is published every Thursday by the Free Press Publish- ing Company, William Ifft, president. Periodical post- age paid at Cheney, Wash. 99004. Published at 1616 W. First Street, Cheney, Wash. 99004. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Cheney Free Press, P.O. Box 218, Cheney, Wash. 99004-0218. ID PUBLICATION # 102240 The Free Press re- quests that contributors observe the following dead- lines, which will be strictly enforced: OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES - Tuesday~ 10 a.m. CHURCH, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL SOCIAL NEWS -- Monday, noon DISPLAY ADVERTISING -- Monday, 4 p.m. LEGAL NOTICES -- Monday, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING -- Tuesday, 11 a.m. Rates: Addresses in Spokane County, $24 per year; $36 per year outside Spokane County; senior citizens in Spokane County, $22 per year. For other rates, call 235- 6184. Subscription cancellations are non-refundablel HOW TO CONTACT US Phone: 235-6184 Fax: 235'2887 email: cfp @ Support The train derailment in Cheney just weeks ago is an alarming realization that train derailments do happen - whether minor like this one or catastrophic like the one in Lac Magnetic, Quebec that killed 47 people. With an average of 52 Burlington Northern San- ta Fe and 12 Union Pa- cific trains per day running through Cheney, it is a mat- bill 5087 regarding trains ter of time before the big one hits. Now there is concern about the possibility of other ports on the coast opening to accommo- date more oil shipments. Between the two opposing oil transportation safety bills recently introduced to the state legislature, one is deficient. The bill intro- duced by Sen. Doug Er- icksen (SB 5057) has a big "approved by oil industry" on its front page and fails to take concrete, bold and immediate actions needed to protect our communi- ties, waterways, and liveli- hoods. The other bill, introduced by senators Kevin Ranker and Christine Rolfes (SB See Letters page 5 John McCallum Al Stover Editor Staff Reporter Main contact for editorial coverage. Coy- Covers all Medical Lake government, ets all Cheney government, communiO(, cornrnuni[y and school district news, as school district news and events, as well well as Airway Heights news and Chaney as Cheney High School sports. High School sports. Paul Delaney Staff Reporter Covets all Medical Lake High School and Eastern Washington Universi~ spods and news. Contact for miscellaneous sports. .ram 1 II II , I II I I i ii i li;l i il I: