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Peter Jennings Dies Of Lung Cancer At 67

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ABC News has announced tonight that long time ABC World News Tonight anchor has lost his battle with lung cancer Sunday. "Peter died with his family around him, without pain and in peace. He knew he'd lived a good life," his wife and children said in a statement.

Jennings followed his dad into the family business. His father Charles was a fixture in the Canadian Broadcasting Company for decades. At age 9 the younger Jennings hosted his first half-hour show aimed at children.

Jennings joined ABC News in 1964 as a correspondent, reporting from dozens of countries across the globe. In 1983 he was promoted to the anchor chair of ABC's World News Tonight. Jennings was perhaps best known for his 1990 interview with Saddam Hussein on the eve of the Persian Gulf War. In 2003 he became an American citizen but retained his Canadian citizenship. In April 2005, Jennings announced via taped message that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Jennings had been married 4 times and is survived by his wife, Kayce Freed, his two children, Elizabeth, 25, and Christopher, 23, and his sister, Sarah Jennings.


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Comments (8)

Sorry to see him die at 67,... (Below threshold)
Palmateer:

Sorry to see him die at 67, but isn't the media making too much of this?

I won't speak ill of the de... (Below threshold)
George:

I won't speak ill of the dead so I will say
that he was a good looking guy.

Isn't Bush to blame, someho... (Below threshold)

Isn't Bush to blame, somehow, for this?

Wow. Married 4 times?... (Below threshold)
joe:

Wow. Married 4 times?

His family tree looks pretty wild, I bet.

He once said Laura Bush in ... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

He once said Laura Bush in his opinion was the best looking First Lady the United States ever had so far!... I liked him and find myself quite sad at his passing...Good night Peter!

The fact that Jennings didn... (Below threshold)
fatman:

The fact that Jennings didn't become a U.S. citizen until 2003 means that when he threw his snit fit over the "Voter Revolt" of 1994 and berated the voters for throwing a temper tantrum, he wasn't even a citizen. Which is why I never watched him again.

08-09-05Subj: The... (Below threshold)
Tony Valeri:

08-09-05

Subj: The True Face of Peter Jennings

STOP with the adulation of this man. Death does not automatically bring one to sainthood. Mr. Jennings was one of the foremost Network News Brainwashers of this as well as the last century.

The image he tried so hard to inculcate in the average American s mind hid his true nature and political, as well as social beliefs, that were Socialistic to the core. Until very recently, he was a longtime Canadian citizen whose father was once head of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. He only decided to become a U.S. citizen because he was afraid of the current political climate and feared his non-citizenship might weaken his well-crafted American image.

The real Jennings, could be detected in his many news reports, editorials and special news programs by the sneers, dropped eyelids and last line throwaways, usually directed at a Republican person, situation, proposed law or religious matter. Jennings was a true politically correct liberal, believed in moral equivalency and gender neutrality and said there was no such thing as an Essential or Absolute Truth for ALL the people on the planet. Obviously he meant everyone has their own truth. YEAH, you can see how far that has gotten the world, i.e., the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, Central & South America, Cuba, Russia, many parts of Europe, North Korea and many other world enclaves that still DO NOT GET IT. . . Socialism, Communism, Fascism and Totalitarianism does not CUT IT. God and everyone else with a sound, commonsense mind knows that Capitalism and elective, representative government though not perfect is the only way to GO.

Jennings loved the Arab/Palistinian culture and spent years living among those people, as well as traveling extensively in the early days of his business, which brought him into friendships with dictators like Castro which may have contributed to his claim of being an Internationalist at heart, rather than committing to a Nationalist status to either Canada or the U.S. This attitude was easily detectable in his news reports and editorializing.

So, let Mr. Jennings now try to justify his beliefs, ideology and 40 years of disguised anti-American propaganda and cultural equivalency claptrap to God.
Well, I guess God did forgive many of his historical human representatives that fell short of meeting His moral and cultural laws, but then abided by the Essential Truths of those laws when they finally became apparent to them.
Hopefully, it is not too late for Mr. Jennings to be forgiven.

Tony Valeri, Eugene, OR Tel: 541 607-6305 ([email protected])

Peter Jennings even in his ... (Below threshold)
J. Grisillo:

Peter Jennings even in his last broadcast, true to liberal form, blamed 9/11 for his lung cancer.
No Peter it was you who allowed yourself to die from lung cancer. I smoked for 20 years and quit in 1987. 9/11 did not make me or others who have quit go back to smoking. We need to take the blame for our own actions.




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