Press: Letting Viewers Talk Back

ABC's Viewpoint puts correspondents on the firing line

Network television offers disgruntled audiences no outlet as effective as a newspaper's Op-Ed page, or even a correction box. Yet the need for access of dissenting views may be greater in TV news than in print journalism. The time for nightly network coverage is minimal, the emotional impact often maximal. Inevitably, many stories are excluded and others oversimplified.

All three networks have tried to open their programs to angry advocates and ordinary citizens. NBC has quoted viewer letters on NBC Magazine and Meet the Press. CBS...

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