Respected Bernard Shaw, viewed by many as a trailblazer of media, a long-time CNN anchor, died on Thursday from pneumonia that was not related to COVID-19 at the age of 82.
According to his bio, “Bernard Shaw was an American journalist and lead news anchor for CNN from 1980 until his retirement in March 2001. Prior to his time at CNN, he was a reporter and anchor for WNUS, Westinghouse Broadcasting, CBS News, and ABC News.”
Charles V. Payne, a correspondent for Fox News paid his respects to Shaw on Twitter, posting:
“Such a great and kind human being and so humble. A true trailblazer.. Thank you Bernard Shaw RIP”
Such a great and kind human being and so humble. A true trailblazer..
Thank you Bernard Shaw
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) September 9, 2022
Vernon Jones, a US House of Reps. candidate for Georgia posted about Shaw’s passing:
“When @cnn reported trusted news and not fake news, at the helm was Bernard Shaw. When he left @cnn turned the lights off on journalism & Journalist. Bernard Shaw…a great American patriot!”
When @cnn reported trusted news and not fake news, at the helm was Bernard Shaw. When he left @cnn turned the lights off on journalism & Journalist. Bernard Shaw…a great American patriot! 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 https://t.co/9BQfx3SDxR
— Vernon Jones (@VernonForGA) September 8, 2022
The AP reported on Shaw’s legacy and past:
“Shaw, former CNN anchor and a pioneering Black journalist, remembered for his blunt question at a presidential debate and calmly reporting the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991 from Baghdad as it was under attack, has died.
A former CBS and ABC newsman, Shaw took a chance and accepted an offer to become CNN’s chief anchor at its launch in 1980. He later reported before a camera hurriedly set up in a newsroom after the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Regan.
He retired at age 61 in 2001.
As moderator of a 1988 presidential debate between George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis, he asked the Democrat — a death penalty opponent — whether he would support that penalty for someone found guilty of raping and murdering Dukakis’ wife Kitty.”
Shaw was with them back when CNN was far more respectable. The announcement of his death came from his family on Wednesday, saying that the network’s first chief anchor had passed away.
“CNN’s beloved anchor and colleague, Bernard Shaw, passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Bernie was a CNN original and was our Washington Anchor when we launched on June 1st, 1980,” CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht said. “He was our lead anchor for the next twenty years from anchoring coverage of presidential elections to his iconic coverage of the First Gulf War live from Baghdad in 1991. Even after he left CNN, Bernie remained a close member of our CNN family providing our viewers with context about historic events as recently as last year. The condolences of all of us at CNN go out to his wife Linda and his children.”
“During his storied career, Shaw reported on some of the biggest stories of that time — including the student revolt in Tiananmen Square in May 1989, the First Gulf war live from Baghdad in 1991, and the 2000 presidential election,” CNN said.
“In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bernard Shaw Scholarship Fund at the University of Chicago. The Shaw family requests complete privacy at this time,” former CNN CEO Tom Johnson said for the family.
Johnson said the anchor “exemplified excellence in his life” and will be “remembered as a fierce advocate of responsible journalism.”
“As a journalist, he demanded accuracy and fairness in news coverage. He earned the respect of millions of viewers around the world for his integrity and independence. He resisted forcefully any lowering of ethical news standards or any compromise of solid news coverage. He always could be trusted as a reporter and as an anchor,” he said.
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“Bernie was my personal friend and colleague for more than 55 years. I will miss him enormously,” he said.” My wife Edwina and I extend our most genuine condolences to Bernie’s wife Linda and to his family.”
“There have been many changes to CNN in recent months,” Carmine Sabia reported for Conservative Brief.
On Monday he announced two new hires, including a former New York Police Department official as chief law enforcement analyst, Mediaite reported.
John Miller, who was NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism and worked for CBS News and ABC News, is the new chief law enforcement and intelligence analyst.
“John will help deliver on CNN’s commitment to tackle complex issues while presenting audiences with independent, objective news and meaningful analysis across platforms,” the boss said. “As both a brilliant journalist and experienced, compelling subject matter expert, he brings to the network an incredible breadth of knowledge.”
“I’ve worked closely with Chris Licht and share his editorial vision: speed, but not at the expense of accuracy, passion but not at the expense of objectivity,” the former police official said. “I am especially proud to join CNN at a time when covering the news, getting it right and delivering it in a straightforward way has never been more vital to the American public.”
It comes after some major firings at CNN.
The staff at CNN is terrified as the new CEO, Chris Licht, appears to be doing some house cleaning by getting rid of the most partisan talents at the network.
Brian Stelter, the former host of “Reliable Sources,” which was also canceled, was terminated last month and White House correspondent John Harwood had his contract cut short after backing President Joe Biden’s anti-“MAGA Republicans” speech.
It was Harwood’s termination that was seen as a possible change in the strategy of the network by getting rid of those who could be considered woke, The Washington Post reported.