Television: Now Here's the News...

It is 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, and 33 people are crowding into the scruffy conference room at ABC's Manhattan news center on West 66th Street. Some stand, some sit on boxes of supplies—ABC does not waste money on frills—while eleven others sit around a long conference table studded with microphones. The microphones connect this office with bureaus in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas and Los Angeles, where other people are waiting.

Assistants read the day's assignments and other possible stories: there may be a breakthrough in the Iranian stalemate, there is trouble in Turkey and Lebanon, and Richard Nixon is...

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