The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Hyping Ratings with Pathos

The Presidency / Hugh Sidney

The last thing that the gentle and unassuming Frank Reynolds did for television was to rescue it from its selfimportance, poor taste and excess. It was a close call, but the constant reminder that Reynolds the man was the heart of the reason for the ABC spectacle marking his death gave his funeral, which almost gained the electronic dimensions of a national crisis, at least a touch of the natural dignity and modesty that he possessed.

Still, Reynolds' commemoration left Washington, his home town, troubled about television's encompassing view...

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