Anchors: Brokaw, Jennings, Rather and the Evening News

Robert Goldberg, Author, Gerald Jay Goldberg, With Carol Publishing Corporation $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-55972-019-9
This joint effort by UCLA English professor Gerald Jay Goldberg and his son, television critic of the Wall Street Journal , is a shrill look at the networks' top three newscasters--Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather--and, beyond them, at the overall field of TV news. In the authors' view, making news programs is ``a breathtaking . . . high-wire act''; the firing of 200 of CBS's 1200 news staffers stirs ``a massive outcry''; and when something goes wrong, those involved become not disturbed but ``monumentally upset.'' The nadir is reached in the description of Rather's argument in his Beijing hotel with government officials about coverage of Tiananmen Square, handled here with a measured pomp appropriate to the Congress of Vienna. In addition to biographies of the three anchors--all treated almost reverentially--the authors offer a superficial look at the future of TV news that ignores the central question of what constitutes news and who makes that vital decision. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
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