The Political Performers

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Thirty years after his death, Edward R. Murrow is still a cult figure in American broadcast journalism, and his company has achieved the distinction of standard bearer in the field of broadcast news. This examination of key CBS broadcasts and the people behind them that helped to establish the network as the prototype for excellence provides a unique perspective on the early era of broadcasting. Included are interviews with major contributors such as former CBS News presidents Fred W. Friendly and Bill Leonard. Going beyond personalities, the specific focus is on major broadcasts, from the early era up to the present-day 60 Minutes, some of which have been overlooked in spite of their formative role in helping CBS to gain its reputation in the field.

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Murray (communication, U. of Missouri-St. Louis) explores some key news and public affairs broadcasts and the people behind them, providing a perspective on the early era of broadcasting, and analyzing how these broadcasts altered attitudes and decision-making in their day and sometimes over an extended period of time. Broadcast subjects include civil liberties, the youth movement, and muckraking. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275944902
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1994
  • Pages: 270
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL D. MURRAY is Director of Mass Communications and Acting Chairman of the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The CBS Tradition 1
Ch. 2 War of Words 13
Ch. 3 Murrow: Radio Days 25
Ch. 4 Civil Liberties 41
Ch. 5 Coming of Age 57
Ch. 6 Muckraking 77
Ch. 7 Youth Movement 91
Ch. 8 Military Matters 107
Ch. 9 Urban Questions 125
Ch. 10 Most Trusted 137
Ch. 11 Pastor of Public Affairs 153
Ch. 12 Carrying On 165
Afterword 189
Appendix A Television's Desperate Moment 197
Appendix B The End of an Era at CBS 205
Appendix C Behind the Lines 217
Appendix D "And That's the Way It Is" (and Was) in Public Affairs Television 229
Selected Bibliography 235
Index 247
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