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Edward R. Murrow: An American Original

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Edward R. Murrow (1908-65) virtually invented modern radio & television journalism. He served, in turn, as CBS's European director, war correspondent, vice president & director of public affairs, news analyst, producer & broadcaster of the groundbreaking See It Now & Person to Person tv programs, & director of the US Information Agency. His name has bec ...more
Published March 1st 1990 by Laurel (first published 1988)
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Note: I wrote this review in 1991 just as the first invasion of Iraq got underway.

There has been much discussion on the tube regarding what the proper role of the journalist should be in a major conflict such as we now have in the Persian Gulf. Several years ago I read a terrific book by Phillip Knightley The First Casualty From the Crimea to Vietnam The War Correspondent As Hero, Propagandist, and Myth Maker Knightley's premise, as evidenced through much documentation, dispatches and anecdotes,
"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?" No. Where have you gone, Edward R. Murrow?

This book reinforced much of what I already knew about the man and made me long for another like him, while kind of resenting what we have on TV and radio today (with a few notable exceptions).

My big criticism of this book: 24 pages. Really? A 500 page book and only 24 pages are devoted to the McCarthy broadcasts? The author clearly spent much time researching Murrow, but when it came time to write about the McCarthy
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He set the standard by which TV journalism is measured and since him nobody has fully measured up. Well written.
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