The Press: Stop the War

Bill Leonard's eyes snapped with anger. "It's a preposterous piece," he complained, "preposterous." Leonard, senior vice president of CBS News, then sat silent in his makeshift Miami Beach office, loathing William Shannon's New York Times column one more time.

Shannon's article was the talk, the grumble of the networkers at the Republican Convention. Shannon had flung a custard pie at the screen: "On CBS the ordinary viewer trying to watch a political convention sees so much of the anchor man and his star reporters that the program might well be called Walter Cronkite and...

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