February 14, 1992 |
There's a special place in our memories for unforgettable TV moments. On the world-shaking scale, it can range from the shooting of J.F.K. to Peter Arnett reporting solo to the world from Iraq. But there are other moments, seemingly in your own back yard, that stay with you forever. The defining TV moment of the 1989 Northern California earthquake was the shot of the moving car that suddenly sank into the Bay Bridge.
February 16, 1990 |
Someone complained to me the other day about Nelson Mandela. Not Mandela the man. Not Mandela the leader. Not Mandela the political figure. Not Mandela the symbol. No, none of these. On the contrary, the person who complained was as supportive of Mandela's goal to repeal South Africa's apartheid as any clear-thinking person would be. The complaint, voiced earlier this week, was about Mandela the speaker.
February 4, 2008 |
A voracious appetite for political news has prompted the broadcast television networks and their cable counterparts to gear up for extensive coverage of Super Tuesday, offering programming more typical of a presidential general election than a February primary day. "This dominates in ways that politics hasn't dominated since November of 2000, which was all politics all the time," said Phil Griffin, NBC News' senior vice president in charge of MSNBC.
June 19, 1994 |
Millions of Americans witnessed accused killer O.J. Simpson's dramatic but futile attempt to elude custody Friday. And why not? It was extraordinary television. What could compare to it? Live TV coverage of the first moonwalk, perhaps? Live TV coverage of the Gulf War, especially the initial bombing of Baghdad, reporters flinching in the face of possible Scud attacks and Iraqi desert troops surrendering to the media? Friday's story had its own special aura, though, its own unique niche. Yet. . .
August 2, 1989 |
The videotape was shadowy and grainy. Yet clearly visible was the body of a man, swirling slowly while dangling from a gallows. This time no one could accuse television of sanitizing or glamorizing violence. On the contrary, by showing gruesome footage of a man purported to be executed American hostage Lt. Col. Williams R. Higgins, newscast after newscast had raised another issue. This time did TV go too far? Was outrage over Higgins' apparent murder escalating to hysteria, prodded by TV?
July 13, 1992 |
The second most often asked question about television journalists--right behind, "who does their hair?"--is "How much money do they make?" The deal inked by Los Angeles anchorman Paul Moyer last week, which reportedly calls for KNBC-TV to pay him $8 million over the next six years, only served to fuel speculation about his San Diego counterparts and what they earn in a year for their ability to read the news.
October 15, 1994 |
The 49th annual convention of the Radio-Television News Directors Assn. winds up here today after four days of discussions and debates ranging from the latest digital technology to methods for keeping tired viewers awake to see the late news.
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April 20, 1996 |
Hollywood took it on the chin Friday. So, too, did television news and rap music. State attorneys general from around the nation came to the heart of the entertainment industry this week for a two-day summit on the culture of violence in the United States. And their focus was on how they believe Hollywood, television news programming and rap music contribute to it. Hollywood had no defenders, invited or otherwise. Ditto for rap.
December 3, 1989 |
The word late last month seemed at first gratifying: NBC News was getting out of the business of staging dramatic re-creations of real events. Perhaps network news' much publicized and criticized flirtation with reenactments, a technique mixing news crews and actors to stage events as they might have appeared, was coming to an end. A bravo to Michael Gartner, president of NBC News. Maybe it even meant the networks would stop tarting up news shows for higher ratings. Well, not quite.