News Watch Thomas Griffith: Restoring Reputations


The press makes and breaks reputations: that's well understood in show business by people who spend half their lives trying to get their name in the paper and the second half of their careers trying to keep it out. In television coverage of Washington, CBS Correspondent Robert Pierpoint discovered, the truism is "that most people are not worth interviewing if they are not known to the public, and that once known, they often don't want to be interviewed."

Not all careers follow that trajectory of seeking the press, then avoiding it, or of...

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