a Canadian journalist and reporter for America's ABC News for several years. He caused a stir a few years ago when he said that a recent tune by jingoist Toby Keith is not in the spirit of American holiday the 4th of July (Independence Day). Well, he was right - July 4 is a celebration of American independence and freedom, not war. A lifelong heavy smoker, he died of lung cancer in 2005. RIP Peter Jennings.
In late August 1997, I was going to watch ABC Night Line on tv at midnight, then hit the sack. It gave live coverage of the funeral of Mother Teresa in India. Peter Jennings gave an excellent unbiased coverage of the event, and you could see by the diversity of the audience how well respected and greatly admired Mother Teresa was. There were Sikhs, Buddhist monks, Hindu clergy, Orthodox Christian clergy, Jewish rabbis and many more. Jennings interviewed a Lutheran pastor, a Muslim scholar and others. He gave no bias in all this, he let the people do the talking. It went on all through the night, not ending until about 6 AM Eastern Time. Peter Jennings did a great job of covering this event. He was not a programmed doctrine-spewing mannequin like many reporters on many other networks. He was not a "pop news" airhead.
by Starpunk October 13, 2007