Where have you gone, Ed Murrow? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
We are no longer a serious people but are, on the other hand, manifestly stupider than we used to be. Journalism's -- and society's -- grown-ups are mostly all dead now, and we cultural riders of the short bus are on our own.
I DON'T KNOW, perhaps nicotine has gotten a really bad rap in the last 50 years.
At any rate, here's the link to the page containing the Edward R. Murrow interview, conducted on WGBH television in 1959.
That is all. I'll post this without further comment because, frankly, what the hell else is there to say? The primary-source material speaks for itself.