Unsilent Revolution: Television News and American Public Life, 1948-1991 / Edition 1by Robert J. Donovan, Raymond L. Scherer, Donovan Robert J.
Pub. Date: 03/28/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Unsilent Revolution is the story of the impact television news has had on politics, current events and the print media. Looking at major events over the past four decades, this work is an episodic history of the rise and ascendency of television news. Donovan and Scherer have used several unpublished journalists' accounts in this book, which differs from other
Unsilent Revolution is the story of the impact television news has had on politics, current events and the print media. Looking at major events over the past four decades, this work is an episodic history of the rise and ascendency of television news. Donovan and Scherer have used several unpublished journalists' accounts in this book, which differs from other studies in that it synthesizes scholarly sources along with first-hand experiences. Robert J. Donovan was chief of the Washington bureau of the New York Herald Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently a writer in Washington, D.C. Ray Scherer was a member of the NBC News Washington staff when its television broadcasts began in 1947. He was NBC's White House correspondent during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations and, later, NBC London correspondent.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I. Twelve Episodes: 1. Police dogs, firehoses, and television cameras: shockwaves from the South; 2. Exit Joe McCarthy; 3. Television news and the ups and downs of Richard Nixon: the 1960 election; 4. Television's march on Cape Canaveral; 5. Television's supreme hour: the Kennedy funeral; 6. In the eye of the storm: television news and the urban riots; 7. Vietnam, 1965–1967; 8. Vietnam, 1968–1975; 9. Nixon's presidency: a difficult time for television news and the press; 10. Nixon in China and Watergate; 11. Infuriating pictures from Iran: television news, Jimmy Carter, and the Iranian hostage crisis; 12. The call: relief for the Ethiopian famine, 1984; Part II. Ongoing Impact: 13. The White House in the television age; 14. The television president: Reagan on prime time; 15. The television occupation of Capitol Hill; 16. From Dulles to Gorbachev: diplomacy and terrorism in the television age; 17. Television and the transformation of American politics, 1952–1984; 18. 1988; 19. Profound change in print journalism: the invasion by television news; 20. Newspapers in the age of television; 21. Television's intrusion in the press box; 22. Two different mediums: newspapers and television news; 23. Conclusion: Tiananmen Square, the Berlin Wall, the Persian Gulf War, and the Russian coup; Notes; Index.
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