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Robert MacNeil / Aug 24, 2019

Breaking News The Barnes Noble ReviewOctober It s clear that the news today is telling you than you ever wanted to knowbut how much do you know about the news In light of what s making news today or how news i

  • Title: Breaking News
  • Author: Robert MacNeil
  • ISBN: 9780156007634
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Barnes Noble ReviewOctober 1998 It s clear that the news today is telling you than you ever wanted to knowbut how much do you know about the news In light of what s making news today or how news is being made , there couldn t be a timelier novel Famous for his nearly 40 years in broadcasting, Robert MacNeil is one of the most respected television journaThe Barnes Noble ReviewOctober 1998 It s clear that the news today is telling you than you ever wanted to knowbut how much do you know about the news In light of what s making news today or how news is being made , there couldn t be a timelier novel Famous for his nearly 40 years in broadcasting, Robert MacNeil is one of the most respected television journalists in America In Breaking News, a blistering, behind the scenes novel about the savagely competitive field of network news today, he writes with wit about the world he knows best a world in which crazed competition drives serious journalists into the tabloid feeding frenzies Americans increasingly see on their screens.Anchorman Grant Munro is at the pinnacle of what should be a brilliant career Covering every story from the Kennedy assassination to the Clinton sex scandals, Munro has won the admiration, respect, and trust of his viewers About to turn 60 in an industry no longer controlled by top notch journalists but by profit hungry conglomerates, Munro suddenly feels his career threatened especially when Bill Donovan, a handsome reporter with little experience, vies for his anchor post Resentfully dragged into a media circus where soft news and tabloid values are becoming staples of nightly news broadcasts, Munro negotiates a minefield of scheming, greed, and betrayal to hold on to the job and values he prizes.Acclaimed for his two previous novels, Robert MacNeil, a proven storyteller, triumphantly explores his home turf in this up to the minute take on an industry that affects the lives ofallAmericans.

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        Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil, OC, is currently a novelist and formerly was a television news anchor and journalist who paired with Jim Lehrer to create The MacNeil Lehrer Report in 1975 MacNeil has also written several books, many about his career as a journalist, but, since his retirement from NewsHour, MacNeil has also dabbled in writing novels He attended Dalhousie University and later graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1955 He began working in the news field at ITV in London, then for Reuters and then for NBC News as a correspondent in Washington, D.C and New York City.On November 22, 1963, MacNeil was covering President Kennedy s visit to Dallas for NBC News After shots rang out in Dealey Plaza MacNeil, who was with the presidential motorcade, followed crowds running onto the Grassy Knoll he appears in a photo taken just moments after the assassination He then headed towards the nearest building and encountered a man leaving the Texas School Book Depository He asked the man where the nearest telephone was and the man pointed and went on his way MacNeil later learned the man he encountered at about 12 33 p.m CST may have been Lee Harvey Oswald This conclusion was made by historian William Manchester in his book The Death of a President 1967 , who believed that Oswald, recounting the day s events to the Dallas police, mistook MacNeil as a Secret Service agent because of his suit, blond crew cut, and press badge which Oswald apparently mistook for government identification For his part, MacNeil says it was possible, but I had no way of confirming that either of the young men I had spoken to was Oswald Beginning in 1967, MacNeil covered American and European politics for the BBC and has served as the host for the news discussion show Washington Week in Review MacNeil rose to fame during his coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings for PBS, which led to an Emmy Award This helped lead to his most famous news role, where he worked with Jim Lehrer to create The Robert MacNeil Report in 1975 This was later renamed The MacNeil Lehrer Report and then The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour MacNeil retired on October 20, 1995.On September 11, 2001, after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, he called PBS, asking if he could help them with their coverage of the attacks, as he recalled in his autobiography, Looking for My Country Finding Myself in America He helped PBS in its coverage of the attacks and the aftermath, interviewing reporters, and giving his thoughts on the attacks He hosted the PBS television show America at a Crossroads, which ran from April 15 20, 2007.In the late 1990s, he discussed openly his son s homosexuality, saying it could help other fathers to know how he dealt with the fact in a positive way.


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    1. There were parts of this book that I really liked and parts that didn't hold my interest. I am a newspaper girl by birth, journalist by degree, and critical of news as it stands today. This book tells of an aging news anchorman and his struggles - both professional and philosophical. The first chapter really pulled me in and I was excited to being starting it. The anchorman vents at a public speeching engagement on what has happened to journalism (and this is nearly 20 years ago - what would he [...]


    2. Unlike other journalists moonlighting as novelists (*cough* Jim Lehrer *cough*), MacNeil can actually write a story. Not going to blow anyone away, but it's an engaging "behind-the-curtain" peek inside the corporate newsroom.


    3. This is Robert MacNeil's take on the absurdity of network TV news. It's a cynical look at power plays, egos, and the pursuit of major scoops in the pre-blogger era. Recommended reading.



    4. Interesting reading about a profession I'd never much thought about: network news anchors. Worth the time spent in the lunchroom reading it, if only to think about the topic for a while.


    5. Rather dated now but a good story with lively characters. Interesting look inside the news business, though a discouraging one considering how far we've slid since this was written.


    6. An interesting insight into Macneil's views on news industry, its history and current trajectory, told in the light of a fiction novel.For being written in 1998, I found this quote rather prescient: " President is a virgin in television. You don't get to be President unless you manipulate television in your favor, by creating and dominating the news it has to cover. A modern presidency is a continuous PR campaign.To see him as the hapless victim of foreign coverage is to be naive about his polit [...]


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