NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: Television's Necessary Neuters


As the event recedes, the impact of television diplomacy in the Middle East seems less something to brag on —or to worry about. In fact, the coverage demonstrated how neuter television journalists had to be in a situation where two foreign leaders were playing so adroitly to the American public on all three networks.

The power of television's eye persists: to the watcher, the visible thawing of the dour-looking Begin and the expansiveness of Sadat conveyed a compatibility that no communique could have made as credible. But consider the conduct of the three...

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