Time Essay: TV Goes into Diplomacy

When their television sets at last went dark, the global villagers were left feeling vaguely unsettled. Seldom has history seemed so thoroughly televised. As if to validate all of Marshall McLuhan's electromystical prose, the events of Anwar Sadat's mission to Israel appeared to many to have been profoundly influenced by the participation of TV —its superstars and its world audience.

CBS's Walter Cronkite served as a kind of electronic matchmaker in helping to set up the visit—though it undoubtedly would have occurred in any case. During Sadat's flight from Cairo three of his four...

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