Ed Driscoll

Diane Sawyer [Hearts] Kim Jong-il

I know most legacy journalists love big government, but this is ridiculous:

On Monday’s Good Morning America, the ABC show began a week’s worth of nostalgic segments on the legacy of host Diane Sawyer, who will leave the program on Friday to become the new anchor of World News. Chris Cuomo gushed over Sawyer’s 2006 trip to North Korea, lauding her “pivotal” interview: “It really matters to people and it makes us all proud, when you hear something like that. You ask that question that we were all so worried about.”

Cuomo was referring to Sawyer’s questioning of a North Korean general, but didn’t mention her superficial tour of a school in that country, also from the same visit. (See above video [at Newsbusters–Ed].) On the October 19, 2006 GMA, while being escorted by officials of the state, she touted, “It is a world away from the unruly individualism of any American school.[John Dewey would concur — Ed.]

Seemingly ignoring the concept of propaganda and brainwashing, Sawyer intoned, “Ask [the students] about their country, and they can’t say enough.” One North Korean girl brightly chirped, “We are the happiest children in the world.”

A few years ago, after Sawyer was called up for jury duty, she told her GMA colleagues (including former Clinton aide turned state-run media talking head himself George Stephanopoulos):

“You know, I wanted to sit on a jury once and I was taken off the jury. And the judge said to me, ‘Can, you know, can you tell the truth and be fair?’ And I said, ‘That’s what journalists do.’ And everybody in the courtroom laughed. It was the most hurtful moment I think I’ve ever had.”

Trust me, it was the very least they could do.

(If that whole television thing ultimately doesn’t work out for Diane, she’d be right at home with the Gray Lady.)