By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to hail the end of an era in journalism.
It occurred this evening when Mark Shields said “goodbye” to viewers of PBS’s NewsHour, where Shields served for 33 years as half of a Friday evening give-and-take on the political news of the week.
His friend, New York Times columnist David Brooks, served alongside Shields for 19 of those years. The men expressed their mutual admiration and respect for the work they did together on public TV’s premier news broadcast.
I want to share just a brief thought about Shields … and about Brooks.
They reminded me weekly that politics can be a civil and respectful exercise. Shields comes from the liberal/progressive end of the political spectrum; Brooks hails from the center/right end. They would joust on occasion, expressing differences in opinion, context and perspective on issues. However, they did so with grace, class, decorum and mutual respect.
Shields announced earlier this week he would be stepping away from his role as one-half of an indispensable team of thinkers.
I want to share the broadcast he did tonight with Brooks and with NewsHour moderator Judy Woodruff. Shields and Brooks celebrate a lifetime in American politics – YouTube
And while I’m at it, I want to share a column that Brooks penned for the New York Times. Opinion | Mark Shields and the Best of American Liberalism – The New York Times (nytimes.com)
Public television is a national resource. It has been depleted just a bit today by the departure of Mark Shields from the PBS NewsHour.
Well done, Mark Shields. Thank you for the wisdom you shared.