Peter Jennings did the right thing by not waiting to reveal the news that he has lung cancer. The question now, of course, is whether the cancer has been discovered at a stage that will respond to chemotherapy. If not, will viewers of ABC “World News Tonight” be witness to a prolonged and profound portrayal of the ravages of a terminal illness. The circumstances are different than Terri Schiavo’s, but the images may be as powerful.
With that said, we wish Mr. Jennings a speedy recovery.