Television: The Peace-loving Audience

The telephones rang incessantly; Cleveland television station WEWS had never had so many complaints in a single day. When the umpteenth belligerent caller demanded, "How long are you going to keep the U.N. session on the air?", General Manager James C. Hanrahan finally blew a fuse. "How long will the marines stay in Lebanon?" he shouted, and banged the receiver down in disgust.

Across the nation, network TV stations had shrugged off the summer doldrums to come alive in the Middle East crisis. They had sacrificed fat revenues from sponsored shows to cover the U.N. debates, speaker by speaker. Such popular programs...

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