August 27, 1986 |
Television is at its scattershot worst in "The American Promise," a public affairs special that KNBC Channel 4 is broadcasting at 10 tonight. The first in a series of programs on this subject from the NBC-owned stations, it flits about from one talking head to another without ever clarifying its premise or focusing on an issue. In the first part of the program, host John Chancellor simultaneously interviews four people in different parts of the country about their lives.
January 18, 1992 |
With the presidential primaries almost upon us, KCET Channel 28 offers up a two-hour panel discussion, "Campaigning for the Presidency" (at 6 p.m. Sunday), which is mostly for political junkies.
August 15, 1991 |
Veteran NBC News correspondent Douglas Kiker, who spent the last 28 years covering Washington politics, died Wednesday in Cape Cod, Mass. NBC spokeswoman Katherine McQuay said Kiker died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack while vacationing at his summer home. He was 61. His most recent responsibilities with the network included reporting for the "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw." Tributes to Kiker were made by everyone from President Bush to Michael Gartner, the president of NBC News.
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December 28, 1992 |
My 11 year-old was somewhat distressed by a West Virginia politician he saw on TV who railed against the U.S. getting involved in Somalia's problems. He concluded with a seasonal zinger. After all, what are we, Santa Claus? Along those lines, John Chancellor checked in one night during his regular commentary with a lot of pointed questions about the American military getting embroiled in the Somalia mishmash.
August 6, 2000
Elizabeth Jensen's cover story "Just Another TV News Job Now" (July 30) really brought back memories. Certainly I remember David Brinkley with John Chancellor, but even more sharply do I remember Brinkley with Chet Huntley. Because of them and the special magic they wove during political conventions, I became truly interested in the political process. Nobody, absolutely nobody, has ever cast such a spell since, at least not over me. Chet with his warm and comfortable authority and David with his irreverent humor made a team that stands alone in the history of television news.
November 2, 1991 |
While Lt. Col. Oliver North uttered the obvious during the Iran-Contra hearings when he said, "The world is a dangerous place," he was also justifying more than 30 years of U.S. covert action--proxy wars sponsored by the CIA and a Cold War that nearly sent the globe into a nuclear Ice Age. It's probably no accident, then, that an hour-long overview of the foreign policy of Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency is titled "Dangerous Years: President Eisenhower and the Cold War" (Sunday at 7 p.m.
June 25, 1994 |
In 1984, when the Television Academy Hall of Fame named its first inductees, Milton Berle led the list. Ten years later, the new inductees include Phil Donahue and soap opera scribe Agnes Nixon. This TV institution is beginning to resemble not so much a Hall of Fame as the Walk of Fame down Hollywood Boulevard. The Hollywood Walk, however, is much more exciting than the 90-minute taped broadcast of the awards, presented in late 1993 at, of all places, Walt Disney World.