updated 8/11/2005 11:12:37 AM ET 2005-08-11T15:12:37

5 p.m. EST

A memorial will be held tonight for 16 Marines killed recently in Iraq, all of them from one base in Brook Park, OH. Thousands are expected to attend the service, but one man will be conspicuously absent: President Bush.

He's attracting some heat from military families and liberal commentators for being seemingly uninvolved in these rituals for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I don't think I am going out on a limb by saying it would be nearly impossible, if not impractical, for the President to attend all of the funerals, or even some of them, that he is invited to. Anyone arguing to the contrary is naive about what his daily schedule is like, which I'm sure is jam packed even on vacation.

But the deeper issue, the debate we will have today--Does the administration tend to gloss over the images of the dead, the growing list of casualties, in an effort to do damage control? Or rather, on the other side of the argument, have Americans become too sensitive? While every death is a tragedy in war, the death toll is small compared to other wars we have participated in, proving that modern technology does save lives. We will discuss.

Video: Bloggers on Bolton And later, what's up with all of these teacher and student sex abuse scandals? It started, in terms of media coverage, with Mary Kay Letorneau but since then I feel like another one crops up every week. According to a recent Department of Education study, seven percent of school age kids have reported sexual misconduct in the classroom. We'll talk to two experts about what is really going on here.

Join us.

12 p.m. EST

On the day of the Pope's funeral we had a conversation on the show about the passing of icons and one generation giving way to another.  We discussed how centuries and eras don't end at the stroke of midnight on mythical New Year's evenings, but rather they linger and slowly fade like colors in an Impressionist painting.

I remember watching ABC News all day and night on the millennium eve.  I had gone home to be with my family, partially out of the need to get away from the madness of Manhattan and in part out of fear of Apocalypse.  So much had been made of that one moment, one split second where 1999 became 2000.

Peter Jennings was on the air for about twenty hours straight, and I remember his various costume changes as the day wore on.  Anchor man suit, then dashing tuxedo, then cashmere sweater for the late night champagne toast.  He was so elegant, so lovely.  The affectations only heightened his charm, and his voice was like warm scones and honey.

I think for me Peter's death marks the real end to the Twentieth Century.  All three of the evening anchors I grew up watching have now left their chairs, albeit under very different circumstances.  The media has changed so much over the last few years, and the role of anchor with it.

Today, a look at passing of this great man and the changing face of network news.

Walter Cronkite will join us.

Hopefully you will, too.


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