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New York: St. Martin's Press, c1977. 25 cm, 243, Former owner's embossed stamp on front endpaper The author, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, analyzes and exposes the uses and abuses of television broadcast news and its celebrity hosts and anchors: Cronkite, Walters, Rather, Rivera, Snyder, Wallace, Edwards, and others. Ron Powers (born November 18, 1941) is a Pulitizer-Prize-winning journalist, novelist, and non-fiction writer. His works include White Town Drowsing: Journeys to Hannibal, Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain, and Mark Twain: A Life. With James Bradley, he co-wrote the 2000 #1 New York Times Bestseller Flags of Our Fathers. The book won the Colby Award the following year. As TV and radio columnist for Chicago Sun-Times, Powers won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1973 for his critical writing about television during 1972. He was the first television critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 1985, Powers won an Emmy Award for his work on CBS News Sunday Morning. Derived from KIRKUS REVIEW: Powers' indignation at the intrusion of show-biz values into broadcast news [is apparent] in this dissection of electronic journalism. The villains are the ""news consultants""--market researchers brought in to [give] the public ""what it wants."" It wants shorter items, funnier items, more human interest items. What ""sells"" is a Happy Talk team of breezy personalities with weathermen and sportscasters. Powers calls this ""cybernetic news"". Cybernetic news, he fears, has all but supplanted the traditional major functions of journalism. Powers has done his own monitoring of the 6 o'clock reports on all channels and found that ABC affiliates are by far the worst offenders. This work provides fresh evidence that news-as-entertainment is escalating. First? Edition. First? Printing. very good.