National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day – August 7 – Hal Fishman

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Hal Fishman was the last of the old-fashioned TV anchor/journalist that actually gave a crap. He also may completely discredit all those expensive ‘schools of journalism’ that everyone at ESPN seemingly graduates from (I’m looking at you Northwestern).

Mr. Fishman’s roots were as a college professor and he went on to become the longest tenured news anchor of all time running from the 1960s into the 2000s.

He had fought for years against the dumbing down of television news — celebrity journalism and car chases and all the silliness — and tried to maintain the criteria he believed in.

Fishman claimed his training as a professor enabled him to be better equipped to report the news than newly minted school of journalism jerks.

When asked why he did what he did Fishman replied:

‘You can’t have a properly functioning democracy without an enlightened electorate.’ It’s our job as newscasters to enlighten the electorate. We are the conduits of information.”

Imagine that?

The NOR salutes Mr. Hal Fishman.

Durable anchor fought TV fluff

By Dennis McLellan Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 8, 2007

Hal Fishman, the award-winning KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor who was a Los Angeles broadcasting fixture for nearly 50 years, died Tuesday, the station announced. He was 75.

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