See It Now: Seeing RED!, March 9, 1954

See It Now, Edward R. Murrow’s ground-breaking news program, had previously – in the fall of 1953 – broadcast exposes about the red scare. Scores of innocent American’s were labeled communists, and a growing political tactic was throwing the communist label at any American with countering views. Senator Joe McCarthy led the way. As Edward […]

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The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

On July 1, 1941, under the helm of William Paley, CBS and NBC began commercial broadcasting. Theater Guild charter member Worthington Miner was tapped to develop 15 hours of television a week for CBS. Those hours were filled with broadcasts of fairy tales, sports shows, quiz shows, and talk shows, and 2 daily news programs, one […]

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Eye For An Eye, March 1995: She’s A Bitch

Connie Chung was the second woman to anchor the evening news (Barbara Walters was the first). Sharing the spotlight with co-anchor Dan Rather seemed prickly, but Chung was definitely a rising star. As per her agreement with CBS, Connie Chung premiered her own primetime news magazine, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, a producer-heavy tabloid affair […]

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OPEN END: David Susskind and Nikita Khrushchev, October 9, 1960

David Susskind was the forerunner to Donahue, Geraldo, Bill O’Reilly, and Dick Cavett, but in truth, Susskind came across as a quasi-intellectual New Yorker more closely related to current day Bill Maher. His confrontational approach created a show in which anything could happen. Over the years, beginning in 1958, Susskind, a former actor, covered hot-button […]

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The Great Chase, June 17, 1994

All the evidence pointed to a premeditated crime of passion. A six inch knife purchased days before the murder measured the same depth of the stab wounds. The suspect had been spotted in the neighborhood, running a red light in his Ford Bronco, around the time of the murders. A waiting limo driver witnessed a […]

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