Television: Bright & Early

The phone rang in NBC's Washington studio just as Correspondent Ray Scherer wrapped up a Today show interview with Ambassador-at-Large Averell Harriman. Scherer picked it up only to catch an earful of criticism. "You didn't look as good as he did," the caller complained. "The lighting on you wasn't good." Scherer's critic was neither his wife nor Today's New York producer —it was Lyndon Johnson.

The White House is just one of 2000,000 U.S. homes that cannot start the day without Today (7-9 a.m. local time, Monday through Friday). The President watches...

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