Newswatch: Emotions Exhibit Themselves

On most weeks when the hotly contested new ratings come out, CBS Evening News finds itself leading the pack, but just barely. Hooray, the challenge from Tom Brokaw's NBC Nightly News has been beaten off again. But CBS's edge is misleading. The audience of the proud longtime leader in network news has actually declined by 375,000 "TV households" from the same period a year ago. NBC and ABC news programs have been gaining viewers.

Whatever may be amiss, CBS News is doing more of it these days. It has gone all out for fast pace, assertiveness and emotion. Dan Rather has...

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