Television: The Most Intimate Medium


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By his own definition, the man behind the big U-shaped desk is a managing editor. All day, with wire-service teleprinters clacking behind him, he and his associates have kept a close watch on the spasmodic flow of the world's news. They have assigned stories, selected pictures, edited and rewritten copy. They have argued the relative news value of a battle-action file from Viet Nam and bloody films of students rioting in Djakarta; they have checked on the latest peace rumor out of Washington, the day's speeches at the U.N. Now, deadline is approaching, and the big...

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