Television: The People v. WPIX

During the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Manhattan's WPIX-TV carried what seemed like an enterprising special report for a non-network local channel. WPIX News, as it proclaimed on the air at the time, presented its "Russian authority," Dr. Max J. Putzel, in "an eyewitness account from Moscow." Fact of the matter, according to a charge brought by the Federal Communications Commission last week, was that Max Putzel was a professor of German literature who happened to be a cousin of the then WPIX news producer and who, at the time of the broadcast, was not in Moscow but back home...

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