THREE BLIND MICE: HOW THE NETWORKS LOST THEIR WAY
by Ken Auletta; Random House; 656 pages; $25
It was a grim day for CBS chief executive Laurence Tisch. News writers were on strike against his network; employees were up in arms over another round of layoffs; criticism in the press was mounting. Now, on this March morning in 1987, Tisch opened his New York Times to see an op-ed piece signed by none other than Dan Rather, bitterly attacking the Tisch-instigated news cutbacks. The Washington Post offered yet another litany of complaints from news staffers about the cost cutting.