MUSEUM OF BROADCASTING SEMINAR SERIES, THE: REPORTED BY . . . ERIC SEVAREID, NO. 2 {SHORT VERSION}

Summary

One in this series of seminars conducted by The Museum of Television & Radio (known at that time as The Museum of Broadcasting). Held in New York and hosted by Robert M. Batscha, president of The Museum of Television & Radio, this seminar is the second of three honoring journalist Eric Sevareid. Sevareid and Museum curator Ron Simon, the seminar's moderator, take to the stage; Sevareid immediately takes questions from the audience. Questions and comments from the audience lead to an examination of the following topics: what Sevareid would change in his career; the guiding principles under which the "Murrow unit" worked during World War II; stories that failed; who impressed or influenced Sevareid most; Dan Rather's controversial January 25,1988 interview with Vice President George Bush; the subjectivity of objective reporting, using as examples a Buddhist riot during the Vietnam War and coverage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois; whether radio reporting is more objective than television reporting; mass media as an instrument for global peace; the grievous lack of analysis and commentary on network evening news programs; why there was little contemporary coverage of the Holocaust; the function of a news program commentator; restrictions on coverage of the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983; the ruination of public figures' careers, such as that of 1984 Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, by fervent press coverage; the neutralization of the adversarial nature of the press corps during the John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt administrations; the process of writing news commentary; and which journalists Sevareid respects for their writing.


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  • DATE: February 24, 1988 5:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:06:30
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 113041
  • GENRE: Seminars
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Credits

  • Robert M. Batscha … Host
  • Ron Simon … Moderator
  • Eric Sevareid … Guest
  • George Bush
  • William O. Douglas
  • Gary Hart
  • Eric Hopper
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Edward R. Murrow
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Dan Rather
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt