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So the standard, in a way, was from the newspaper world? Is that true as far as the
standards that you developed in terms of your news presentation?
Well, they flow out of -- The policies we have, for the most part, are the policies of
any good editor in handling a daily newspaper.
We had some special concerns to make sure that we gave a full and rounded political picture.
In early days of journalism and print in this country, as in other parts of the world, the
papers frequently were identified with a particular political party. In New York City, in the
days of World War II, you had the two morning papers -- there were more than two but two of
them were certainly identified with political points of view. The Herald Tribune had an
overgloss, if you will, of a Republican point of view. And
the New York Times as today -- then had a Democratic point of view. The Daily News was
certainly much more the man in the street Democratic side. There wasn't any tabloid
devoted to the Republican side. But that has pretty much disappeared from the newspaper
world, because in many cities you only have one paper. And I think editors are much more
responsive today, in print, to the full spectrum of the audience they're serving than they
were, let's say, fifty years ago.
But radio, from the very beginning, as far as CBS was concerned, tried to do a balanced
responsible job across the board.
You say as far as CBS was concerned. I was wondering, actually, about NBC and what
their standards were. Did they have the same sort of non-partisan standards?
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