Academic journal article Journalism History

Book Reviews -- the Political Performers: CBS Broadcasts in the Public Interest by Michael D. Murray

Academic journal article Journalism History

Book Reviews -- the Political Performers: CBS Broadcasts in the Public Interest by Michael D. Murray

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Murray, Michael D. The Political Performers: CBS Broadcasts in the Public Interest. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1994. 272 pp. $55.

Michael Murray sets out in this book to offer "concrete models of excellence in the field of broadcast news and public affairs." He hopes the examples of these CBS News documentaries will motivate others to insist upon superior performance in broadcasting, specifically reporting which dares to address and answer critical questions.

Murray, a former broadcast journalist and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is well qualified to undertake this exploration. His doctoral dissertation on the "See It Now" McCarthy broadcast proves useful, as do his interviews with former CBS News Presidents Fred Friendly and Bill Leonard, writer and CBS news editor Ed Bliss, Jr., and CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite.

Those interviews are appendices to this book and are one of the best features of it. The author also should be complimented for a thorough review of much of the published work regarding CBS News. The book is a good starting point for anyone looking at CBS News documentaries, but there are a few annoying oversights. For example, Bliss tells the author that "The Business of Sex" radio documentary brought a huge reaction, which was equaled only by the McCarthy TV broadcast. …

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