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Well, that's what I was just about to say.
You did have a few free agents out there.
Sure. But the editor, for the programs originating here, the editor's role is to make
sure that the copy is fair and balanced. If you have a reporter reporting from Paris, and he
injects his own point of view into the broadcast, that's brought to his attention. You can't do
anything about it since he's coming on live. And this is one of the arguments why people
used to say you can't do live broadcasts in the field because you can't trust the reporter. I
always said that was nonsense. If you have responsible, well-trained reporters who
understand what your policies are, they can report the news without editorializing. But if
you have -- and we did have some correspondents during the war who, some of us in New
York felt had gone off the reservation as far as that policy was concerned -- they were put,
sometimes, on notice about it, and sometimes their programs were put on a delay basis.
They'd pipe their program, their voice -- this is now radio -- they'd do their broadcast, it
would be recorded, and then when the program came up into that which it was a part, we
could either insert that particular report from Singapore or someplace else. And if it was a
biased report and we couldn't justify it in terms of policy, I mean, well, you didn't use it.
Well, to get back to that actually -- the “World News Roundup” did introduce the
broadcast as personality through Edward R. Murrow. Or would you say -- perhaps I
shouldn't state that. Perhaps I should ask you what you think of that -- Edward R. Murrow
and his boys.
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