The Press: Trouble with Depth Vision

Like the 21-in. image on the television tube, TV news commentary lacks depth. The big eye can survey, but it runs into trouble when it tries to interpret or explain. Last week, in an unsponsored effort to supply TV news coverage with the rare dimension, the Columbia Broadcasting System introduced a news program designed to examine more than the profile of big events: Behind the News with Howard K. Smith.

Behind this pretentious title stands a solemn, grey-streaked, 44-year-old newsman with an unusual list of references for the job. Nearly all of Howard Smith's professional career has been spent in radio and...

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