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Longtime news anchor Jim Lehrer dies

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Retired PBS anchorman Jim Lehrer died Thursday. He was 85.

A 36-year veteran of public television, Lehrer also moderated a dozen presidential debates and authored several novels.

“I have an old-fashioned view that news is not a commodity,” Lehrer told The American Journalism Review in 2001. “News is information that’s required in a democratic society, and Thomas Jefferson said a democracy is dependent on an informed citizenry. That sounds corny, but I don’t care whether it sounds corny or not. It’s the truth.”

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