Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control . . .

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 6, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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This discourse on the importance of television in society presents Friendly's uncannily prescient views on the corrosive effect of money on the news business, the sensationalization of news reporting, and the viewing public's appetite for quality broadcasting.

With Edward R. Murrow, Fred Friendly practically invented television journalism. Through telling anecdotes and penetrating analysis, he recalls his collaborations with Murrow, from their stinging documentary on Senator Joseph McCarthy to CBS's pioneering coverage of the burgeoning civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. Friendly also recounts his resignation as president of CBS News in 1966, when the network ran reruns of I Love Lucy instead of Senate hearings on the war in Vietnam. Following that controversial decision, he began writing this memorable book.

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Cover Title Page Copyright Epigraph Introduction
Milo Radulovich
The McCarthy Broadcast
The Strange Death of See It
The Strange Birth of CBS Reports
As Murrow and Smith
Normandy the Boston Bookies and the Awards Worth Keeping
What Every President Should Know
New Hand on the Big Switch
Air Time for Vietnam
Common Stock vs the Commonweal
Circumstances Within Our Control

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Fred W. Friendly (1915-1998) spent virtually his entire life in journalism. With his partner Edward R. Murrow, he was responsible for many of television's most distinguished moments. After serving as president of CBS News, he was named professor of journalism at Columbia University.

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