Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Don't Tell Us What to Think


The big change among the network evening news shows is not the expensive chair rotations between the anchormen. The real shift is the injection of more opinion in the news, and this raises questions.

Sometimes Bill Moyers as commentator sits at Dan Rather's elbow; a few nights later he can be doing a stand-up broadcast in a Warsaw square, newly arrived but confident and omniscient as ever. Over at NBC, John Chancellor, no longer at the anchorman's desk but sitting to one side, talks with pictures and maps, and seems happier as a commentator...

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