Bernard Kalb Dies: Bernard Kalb was an American journalist, moderator, media critic, speaker, and author. He was born on February 4, 1922, and died on January 8, 2023. Kalb was born on February 4, 1922, in New York City. He got his B.S.S. from City College of New York and earned his M.A. from Harvard University.
Longtime Foreign Affairs Newsman Bernard Kalb Dies At 100!
Bernard Kalb died on Sunday. He was a former TV reporter for CBS and NBC who quit his job as a State Department spokesman to protest a campaign by the U.S. government to spread false information about Libya. He was 100.
His younger brother, Marvin Kalb, told The Washington Post that complications from a fall led to his death at his home in the Washington suburbs. Bernard Kalb was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, CBS, and NBC.
He also wrote two books with his younger brother, who is better known, and was one of the first anchors and panelists on the CNN show “Reliable Sources,” which analyses the news. Kalb was a hardworking journalist who always looked good in a suit and orange tie, which he often paired with an orange pocket handkerchief.
He went on almost every overseas trip with five different secretaries of state before moving to the other side of the podium. “You have a sense of being an eyewitness to the changes and upheavals of the decades since World War II,” he told The New York Times in 1984 when he became a spokesman for Secretary of State George Shultz during the Reagan administration.
“You can remember the past, and you can see the trustworthiness of American foreign policy and other foreign policies,” he said. “It seems that talking about American priorities, characters, issues, and so on is a handy skill for this assignment.”
The disinformation campaign came after the U.S. bombed the home of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 1986 in response to a terrorist attack in Germany linked to Libya. It was meant to make Gadhafi think he was about to be attacked again.
The Washington Post wrote about the campaign and said that fake information was given to reporters, which Kalb didn’t know about. Kalb noted at the time, “I worry about how a program like this would hurt the credibility of the United States.” “Anything that hurts the credibility of the U.S. hurts the U.S.”
William Safire, who writes a column for the New York Times, liked what happened. “In his last official act, Bernard Kalb went beyond being a spokesman for the State Department and became the voice of all Americans who respect and demand the truth,” Safire wrote.
In 1992, Kalb started the news show “Reliable Sources.” This show was about reporters and how they covered stories. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the show was run by co-host Howard Kurtz.
In 1997, Kalb started moderating panels and giving talks about the press all over the world for The Freedom Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based organization run by former Gannett Co. executives that supports press freedom.
As part of the failed Wye River land-for-security deal from 1998, he was also on a group that checked Israeli and Palestinian media for calls to violence. Kalb was born in New York City on February 4, 1922. His parents were Jewish immigrants.
His mother was from Ukraine, and his father was a tailor from Poland. He went to public schools in New York City and graduated from New York City College. During World War II, he spent two years in the Army and worked for a camp newspaper in the Aleutian Islands with editor Sgt.
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Dashiell Hammett wrote “The Maltese Falcon” and other detective novels. He worked for The New York Times from 1946 to 1961. In 1955 and 1956, he spent four months in Antarctica to cover Adm. Richard Byrd’s Operation Deep Freeze Navy expedition.
Later in 1956, Kalb was sent to Indonesia, where he fell in love with antiques and porcelain from Asia. In 1962, CBS hired him away from the Times and sent him back to Southeast Asia, where he was well-known. In 1975, he went to Washington to help his brother cover the State Department.
In 1980, they both moved to NBC. At CBS, Marvin and Bernard were known as “The Kalbs,” but his younger brother often overshadowed Bernard. A story often told but not true is that their mother called the CBS foreign desk in New York and said, “Hello, this is Marvin Kalb’s mother.
Could you tell me where my son Bernie is?” But Bernard Kalb didn’t seem the least jealous. Sometimes, he even called Marvin his “kid brother.” Together, they wrote “Kissinger,” an approving biography of Henry Kissinger that came out in 1974, and “The Last Ambassador,” a book about Saigon’s fall in 1981.
His wife, Phyllis, and their four daughters, Tanah, Marina, Claudia, and Sarinah are among the people who are still alive. Please tell your friends about this if you think it’s interesting. Go to Lighthousejournal.org for the latest updates and news about celebrities.
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