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Edward R. Murrow returns

Since his death in 1965, Edward R. Murrow has been canonized as one of network television's few saints. According to legend, Murrow was the man who brought seriousness and purpose to TV journalism: without him, CBS News might still be a tabloid-headline service. Certainly much of Murrow's reputation is deserved, but his career was far more varied than the mythmakers allow. Like so many TV newsmen before and after him, Murrow was not immune to the economic attractions of show business. Maybe he never fronted for a game show (as...

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