In an article in the Telegram & Gazette, journalist Steven H. Foskett Jr. reported on journalist Cokie Roberts’ recent visit to the College of the Holy Cross. In her talk, Roberts, a longtime political commentator for ABC News and a senior news analyst for National Public Radio, compared the political past to Washington’s present.
Reminiscing about past decades when national politicians debated during the day and became friends at night, Roberts stated, “There’s a lot of people who long for those days.” She continued, saying, “I don’t. There were no women in those rooms.”
Notably, Roberts’ father was the speaker of the House of Representatives from 1971-73, and Roberts explained that then, political families were much closer compared to now, a time when politicians do not live in the nation’s capital with their loved ones. Further critiquing the nation’s contemporary political climate, Roberts said that media pundits “do nothing but yell and scream,” meaning “[w]e give the microphones to the shrillest voices.”
This ‘Holy Cross in the News’ item by David Cotrone ’13.