after Murrow

Say goodbye to Cronkite
in the nightly know.

After Wallace and the state
of Tennessee broke

Big Tobacco,
we let them smoke Dan Rather.

Later, Lehrer.
Dailies from Jon Stewart.
Colbert’s nation.

A new delivery system
for the truth,

as we knew it.

No more Zen.
No more fair and balanced.


Kathleen Hellen is a news junkie. She once was a reporter. Once, at the desk, she got a call that said, quit it, or we’ll “nail your knees to the floor.”