Jim Lehrer in 1979. (Joe Heiberger/The Washington Post)

Paul Farhi on Jim Lehrer stepping down from PBS’s “NewsHour”:

“Lehrer never did the fashionable anchor thing. No wading in hip-deep floodwater. No jetting off to the hurricane or royal wedding... For years, Lehrer’s operating philosophy has been what he calls ‘the Skivvy-Shirt Rule.’ Which means? ‘You comb your hair, knot your tie and don’t do anything to distract the viewer from the news,’ he said. ‘You don’t want anyone thinking, “He’s wearing his skivvy shirt.”’ ”