January 31, 1988
My husband and I were appalled by the pit bull report on the Jan. 9 broadcast of "West 57th" on CBS. Although the main thrust of the story was valid (not all pit bulls need to be feared by humans), the methods used to tell the story were purely sensationalistic. I had to close my eyes during extended footage of two pit bulls mauling each other, a pit bull being put to death in a pound and a dead pit bull being thrown into a plastic garbage bag for disposal. This sort of "news" has no place on television.
May 1, 1989 |
But, at the network level, CBS news programs are also not immune from thespian aspirations. As part of the revamping of the low-rated news magazine "West 57th," the series--to be hosted next season by Connie Chung-- will occasionally use actors to reenact historic events. CBS News guidelines discourage but don't bar the use of actors and reenactments and dramatizations. The news division previously employed actors to reenact historic moments in Walter Cronkite's "You Are There" (1953-57)
June 1, 1989 |
Anatomy of a highly questionable news story. . . . It was the lead segment on Saturday's installment of "West 57th," the low-rated but usually respectable CBS News magazine series. The reporter was Karen Burnes, an experienced, award-winning correspondent with an impressive record in investigative journalism. The producer was Kathy McManus. The segment's title was "The Palestinians: Dirty Business." The premise was that a "network" of Palestinians--most of whose leaders are related and come from the same area in the Israeli-occupied West Bank--is committing crimes in the United States to fund political action and terror in the Middle East.
February 22, 1986
CBS, which last week said its "West 57th" news series will return to its prime-time schedule the week of April 21, has changed its mind. It now will resume the series a week later, airing it at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting April 30. A CBS News spokesman said the series, which last year had a six-week tryout run beginning in August, will have a 13-week run this time out. A decision will be made later on whether it will be continued, the spokesman said.
February 19, 1986 |
CBS News' "West 57th" newsmagazine series will return to the network's prime-time schedule the week of April 21, but no decision has been made yet on which night it will resume its weekly run, a CBS spokesman said Tuesday. The announcement means that CBS will keep "West 57th" out of the prime-time ratings race until after the current season ends April 20.
August 14, 1985 |
Newsdance. They're young. They're beautiful. They're hip. They move. They groove. They rip. They're action. They're traction. They're pure satisfaction. Don't give them any lip. See them striding side by side down a crowded Manhattan street with fun and determination on their faces. See them hustling and bustling behind the scenes, a sense of urgency in their voices, high-tech music in their ears. They're the news maniacs from "West 57th," the CBS magazine series that premiered Tuesday night.