April 11, 2007 |
JOURNALISM is hardly the first American institution to suffer a kind of collective nervous breakdown when confronted with radical and, mainly, unforeseen changes in technology and economics. It is, however, the first to do so having elevated communal self-absorption to an exquisitely neurasthenic pitch. You can't spit these days without hitting a media critic or columnist or some review or chat show that purports to take the pulse of the anxious news media.
March 11, 2012 |
Luis J. Rodríguez has been called "a superhero in Chicano literature" for his steady output of poems, fiction and above all for "Always Running," his classic 1993 memoir about jettisoning his former life as an East L.A. gangbanger. The Dalai Lama once praised him as an "unsung hero of compassion. " His old friend John Densmore, drummer for the Doors, describes him as a curandero, the term for a traditional Mexican healer who ministers to his community's wounds. But over lunch recently in a northeast San Fernando Valley strip mall, Rodríguez offered a far more mixed self-appraisal.
January 17, 1990 |
20th Century Journey: A Native's Return, 1945-1988, by William L. Shirer (Little, Brown: $24.95, 484 pp). At the threshold of the McCarthy era, William L. Shirer was abruptly fired from his highly rated CBS radio broadcast by the sponsor, a shaving-cream manufacturer, who pronounced him to be "too liberal." To Shirer's shock and grief, the decision was endorsed by CBS as well as Shirer's boss and former comrade-in-arms as a war correspondent in World War II, Edward R. Murrow.
April 9, 2012 |
The death of CBS News' pit-bull reporter Mike Wallace marks not only the passing of a broadcast lion but in many ways also the brand of journalism he helped to define. Wallace, 93, died late Saturday at a care center in New Canaan, Conn., where he had been staying for the last few years. CBS plans an hourlong tribute to Wallace and his career on "60 Minutes" next Sunday. In announcing his death, CBS lauded the brazen tactics that it said had made Wallace a household name "synonymous with the tough interview -- a style he practically invented for television more than half a century ago. " "All of us at CBS News and particularly at '60 Minutes' owe so much to Mike," Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and a longtime executive producer of "60 Minutes," said in a statement released Sunday.
November 9, 2013 |
Scott Niedermayer glided into the Hockey Hall of Fame as smoothly and surely as he skated around NHL rinks through 1,263 games over parts of 18 seasons. Niedermayer's skates seemed to be extensions of his feet, so gracefully did he move when he brought the puck up ice or patrolled his position on defense. He won just about everything there is to win at every level of hockey - including four Stanley Cup championships, the last in 2007 alongside his brother, Rob - and his election to the Hall of Fame was a certainty in his first year of eligibility.
January 20, 2000 |
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s Golden Globe Awards are the big event of the weekend with such films as "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Insider" and "American Beauty" leading the nominations. But Hollywood won't be the only one taking home prizes, with journalists also in the spotlight. Jeff Greenfield, the co-anchor of CNN's "The World Today," hosts the 58th annual "Alfred I.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1987 |
Sometimes, in my darker moments, I have imagined how the victims of the Bhopal disaster must have felt when they lay, gasping and despondent, searching the horizon for salvation, and saw coming to their rescue . . . Melvin Belli. Many people must feel that way, I suppose, when they hear it said that the future of broadcast journalism, growing out of the current disarray of the networks, may be found in . . . local television. Their dismay is understandable.
April 3, 1988 |
Simone de Beauvoir and Lesley Stahl may seem unlikely people to link in one sentence, but that's designed to catch your attention. As early as 1952, de Beauvoir spelled out in her book, "The Second Sex," how women were identified as "the Other" and what that meant for both women and men. As recently as 1974, Stahl encountered the truth in de Beauvoir's concept.
May 25, 2002 |
For generations of local news viewers, Jerry Dunphy was the familiar and authoritative newsman who began each newscast with a warm smile and his trademark greeting, "From the desert to the sea to all of Southern California." But for numerous colleagues who worked with him during the last four decades in his stints at various stations, Dunphy was a dedicated newsman secure in his standing as the elder statesman of local TV news.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 |
Television news anchor Willow Bay, a veteran of ABC, CNN and Bloomberg TV, will be the next director of USC's School of Journalism, campus officials announced Wednesday. Bay's experience is expected to help the school emphasize online and television journalism. Her two predecessors worked in newspapers. Bay's selection concludes a lengthy search that was marred last year when the previously announced choice, a Northwestern University professor, turned down the USC job two days after accepting it. Bay, 50, is a senior editor at Huffington Post and a special correspondent and host for Bloomberg TV. She has co-anchored ABC's "Good Morning America/Sunday" and CNN's "Moneyline News Hour," and was the lead writer and producer of CNN's weekend news program "Pinnacle.