November 19, 1989 |
She was warned that this particular assignment was going to be dangerous, and Sheila Hamilton wasn't about to take any chances. Before she set out on the assignment, Hamilton, a television news reporter for KTVX, an ABC network affiliate in Salt Lake City, tried to rent a flak jacket. When that didn't work out, she borrowed a bullet-proof vest from a friend. She thought that feeling protected would help her concentrate on getting the story.
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.
June 7, 2008 |
Former Times Television Critic Howard Rosenberg, a Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism in 1985, will be writing occasional commentaries about news on television and the Internet. -- It seems like a couple of centuries since His Holiness Pope Walter reigned as God's deputy on the airwaves. Even longer if you think about leave-'em-laughing funnyman Keith Olbermann.
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 2, 1993 |
Local newscasters took some heat for providing superficial coverage of the Los Angeles mayoral race. But finally, on the day of Richard Riordan's inauguration as the city's chief executive, they got their act together. Some live TV news sound bites from early Thursday morning: "It's a big day. Los Angeles gets a new mayor." Click. To Richard Riordan: "How do you feel?" Click. "Let's take a little exclusive peak inside the church." Click.
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.