By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
That Charlie Gibson is leaving his post as anchor of World News Tonight and Diane Sawyer is replacing him may be emblematic of the declining power of the network evening newscasts. I grew up watching Walter Cronkite as a nightly family activity. I used to work for NBC Nightly News. But I haven't watched a network evening newscast in decades. Now Diane Sawyer will replace Gibson in the anchor's chair.
First Katie, now Diane. It should be an historic moment for female newscasters, who now outnumber men by 2 to 1 on the three major commercial broadcast networks. Instead, it feels like an after-thought.
Funny, I never thought I'd live to see the day when the network newscasts became a pink collar ghetto. But with Rachel Maddow now almost more prominent than Katie Couric and Bill O'Reilly much more frequently in the news than Charlie Gibson, it's fair to say that day has arrived.