News Watch Thomas Griffith: Winging It on Television

Newswatch/ Thomas Griffith

The press can get squeakily self-conscious when the subject is the press itself. On ABC's This Week with David Brinkley recently, the host noted that "the White recession has been accusing us and others like us of prolonging the recession and impeding the recovery by constantly reporting bad news of rising unemployment. Are we guilty of that?" Condensed somewhat — to avoid windiness and repetition — here is how his panelists answered:

George F. Will: The problem with television, not that it really has any, is that it's a severe to a camera, a peculiar newsgathering...

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