Broadcasting: The San Francisco Caper

It could have been an episode in a TV serial—one of those reminiscent bits about the lost romance of journalism, about the high old days when the best reporter was the brash guy who knew how to steal the opposition's story. But this was no act. These were TV newsmen warming up to play real-life reporters.

The scene was the Georgian room of San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel, where the Republican National Committee was conferring with network representatives about coverage of the Republican National Convention. "I'd been walking around the room," says Don Hewitt, a CBS producer and director. "Then...

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