Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism

Kobo ebook | May 6, 2009

byRalph Engelman, Morley Safer

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Fred Friendly (1915-1998) was the single most important personality in news and public affairs programming during the first four decades of American television. Portrayed by George Clooney in the film Good Night and Good Luck, Friendly, together with Edward R. Murrow, invented the television documentary format and subsequently oversaw the birth of public television. Juggling the roles of producer, policy maker, and teacher, Friendly had an unprecedented impact on the development of CBS in its heyday, wielded extensive influence at the Ford Foundation under the presidency of McGeorge Bundy, and trained a generation of journalists at Columbia University during a tumultuous period of student revolt.

Ralph Engelman's biography is the first comprehensive account of Friendly's life and work. Known as a "brilliant monster," Friendly stood at the center of television's unique response to McCarthyism, Watergate, and the Vietnam War, and the pitched battles he fought continue to resonate in the troubled world of television news. Engelman's fascinating psychological portrait explores the sources of Friendly's legendary rage and his extraordinary achievement. Drawing on private papers and interviews with colleagues, family members, and friends, Friendlyvision is the definitive story of broadcast journalism's infamous "wild man," providing a crucial perspective on the past and future character of American journalism.

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Fred Friendly (1915-1998) was the single most important personality in news and public affairs programming during the first four decades of American television. Portrayed by George Clooney in the film Good Night and Good Luck, Friendly, together with Edward R. Murrow, invented the television documentary format and subsequently oversaw ...

Ralph Engelman chairs the Journalism Department at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. A member of the jury of the George Polk Awards and the coordinator of the annual George Polk Awards Seminar, he is the author of Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 6, 2009Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231510209

ISBN - 13:9780231510202

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Morley Safer
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Salesman
Introduction
1. Ferd
2. "My Rhodes Scholarship"
3. "Willing to Be Lucky"
4. See It Now
5. Friendly and Murrow
6. Encounter with McCarthyism
7. Aftermath
8. CBS Reports
9. Camelot
10. News President
11. At the Top of His Game
12. Vietnam
13. Resignation
14. Policy Maker
15. Professor
16. PBL
17. PBS
18. The Press and the Bar
19. Seminar
20. Last Years
21. Friendlyvision
Notes
Index

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A nuanced and thoughtful portrayal of one of the foremost figures in the history of American broadcast journalism.