The Press: Measuring the Giant

Assigned to do a term paper on television critics, Iowa State University Coed Elisabeth Dwight recently sought help from her father, Ogden Dwight, who happens to be the TV critic for the Des Moines Register (circ. 224,337). How much influence, she asked, does the television critic possess? Replied Dwight: "Not a damned bit."

By last week, with the television industry undergoing an agony of self-reappraisal in the lurid light of the quiz-show scandals (see SHOW BUSINESS), many a journalist working the TV beat as reporter-critic was busy appraising his own job. And to many...

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