Newscasting: A Change of Screens

Before television, millions of Americans got their first visual news of the outside world from a seat in a movie theater. The lights went down, a stirring theme song swelled, and "News of the Day" or Pathe's crowing rooster flashed on the screen. Even the grimness of today's on-the-spot TV coverage of Viet Nam had parallels in the scene of an injured Chinese baby bawling in the ruins of the Japanese-bombed railway station in Shanghai, in films of Hitler's armies marching across Europe and scenes of the fall of Corregidor. Until TV...

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