Friday, September 25, 2020

CBS NEWS: “WE INVENTED ORIGINAL REPORTING”

August 12, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

It’s almost enough to raise the ghosts of David Brinkley and Peter Jennings from their graves — a new 30-second promo airing on CBS that ends with an announcer remarking, “It’s not like we invented original reporting on television. Oh, wait: yes, we did.” It’s part of a campaign on behalf of the news division […]

PELLEY SAYS HE HAS NEVER ANCHORED A NEWSCAST

May 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS could be repeating with Scott Pelley the same mistake it made with Katie Couric — failing to recognize that a television anchor is principally a performer (or a “presenter” as he or she is called in most other countries), someone who can help convey with intonation, cadence, and sometimes with gesture the drama behind […]

JON STEWART: A MODERN-DAY ED MURROW?

December 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In what today’s (Monday) New York Times suggested was an Edward R. Murrow/Walter Cronkite moment in terms of the media’s influence on public policy, comedian Jon Stewart’s recent broadcasts urging passage of the 9/11 “first responders bill” are being credited for saving the bill from almost certain defeat. “I’ll forever be indebted to Jon because […]