Salant, CBS, and the Battle for the Soul of Broadcast Journalism tells the story of CBS News during its golden era. The late Richard S. Salant was president of CBS News for sixteen years throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He became widely recognized by journalists as the "patron saint of television news." During his tenure, Salant confronted issues of enormous importance - Vietnam, the civil rights movement, and Watergate - and launched the first thirty-minute E vening News, CBS Morning News , and 60 Minutes . Along the way, he hired Mike Wallace, Roger Mudd, Dan Rather, and Diane Sawyer. This first-person account, compiled and edited by Susan and Bill Buzenberg during the years since Salant's death in 1993, is an important part of the history of broadcast journalism, an inside story of the politicians and journalists who shaped our recent history, and an eloquent alarm about the current erosion of broadcast journalism standards.
Susan Buzenberg is a professional freelance editor in the Washington, D.C., area. Bill Buzenberg is former vice president of news at National Public Radio, a position he held from 1990 to 1997.
Part 1 Richard S. Salant - reflections on broadcast journalism. Part 2 The early years - 1952-1961: leaving the law; Paley and Stanton - the road to responsibility. Part 3 In, out, and in again as president - 1961-1968: three strikes against me; Fred Friendly comes and goes; the true story of "60 Minutes". Part 4 The Nixon years: under attack, 1968-1974; protect the people's right to know; Agnew leads the assault; the selling of the Pentagon; CBS News weighs in on Watergate - when honesty was called courage; managing the News Division - I did it my way, 1974-1979; a moral enterprise yet still a business; my management philosophy; people fired and people hired; setting the standard for broadcast news; my management tools. Part 5 The end of the yellow-brick road - 1979-1984; pushed out at CBS; jumping in at NBC; epilogue - more reflections on broadcast journalism.