Newscasting: Filling the Front Page

A sobbing woman in a soot-stained house dress picks through the burned-out ruins of her house. A mud-caked G.I. wearily slumps into his foxhole and mutters that war is hell. A phalanx of policemen plows into a mob of shouting demonstrators and drags them off to the patrol wagons.

These scenes, flashed into the living rooms of more than 30 million Americans last week, were notable for the fact that they could be seen in near carbon-copy similarity on any one of the three TV networks' newscasts. The tendency to cover the news in...

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