Could Jim Lehrer get hired in TV today?


Jim Lehrer would not last five minutes in network television. His career would be even shorter on cable TV.

Despite his many awards and accolades -- all deserved in my opinion -- Lehrer would not stand a chance of getting hired in TV today, especially on cable. For one thing, he is not a yeller. He is not a bad looking guy, but he is no Brian Williams either. As Lehrer told Stephen Colbert, "It takes guts to be boring."

About the only wacky quirk I was able to find out about him was that he is an avid collector of bus memorabilia, which he likes to purchase on eBay. He is a serious journalist and the show proves it. The only time the name of Anna Nicole Smith was mentioned on the program was when a case involving her made the Supreme Court.