TELEVISION: A Question of Freedom

"Television spokesmen, particularly NBC's, are getting positively paranoiac." So wrote the New York Herald Tribune's Critic John Crosby last week in his syndicated TV column. Crosby was dealing with the widely heard argument that "the quiz and payola mess is deliberately being overplayed by newspapers to embarrass a competing advertising medium." Said Crosby, summing up the feelings of most newsmen and editors: "This would be a serious charge if it weren't so naive."

Critic Crosby quoted Dave Garroway ("normally quite sane") to the effect that TV critics are "paid by one advertising...

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