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Weighing Anchors A Legendary TV Newswriter Critiques the Networks' Top Anchors

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ISBN-10: 1936863391

ISBN-13: 9781936863396

Edition: N/A

Authors: Mervin Block

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In this illuminating look at what has gone wrong in broadcast newswriting, veteran network newswriter Mervin Block shares his feelings on this alarming decay. His analysis of television news anchors' words reveals a mangling and strangling of the English language, as well as violations of broadcast style; but worse, there is a disturbing amount of distortions, deceptions, discrepancies, inaccuracies, time-twisting, and misrepresentations. Offering an intelligent critique of the most popular broadcast news outlets, this work looks at how substandard news reporting affects democracy at its most basic levels.
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Book details

List price: $20.95
Publisher: Acorn Guild Press, LLC
Publication date: 9/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 0.24" wide x 8.98" long x 5.98" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Preface
ABC News: How News Causes Blues
Diane Sawyer: When Words Fail her
ABC Anchor Fill-In Impaired by Learning Problem
ABC's David Muir: A Man of Learning
ABC's Muir Seems to Think Using Tonight Works Muiracles
ABC Anchor Tampers with Clock and Calendar
Scripts that Need an Editor Who Edits
When Now is not Now on ABC's World News
World News Scripts that Need Work
NBC News: The Tonightly News
The Overnight Life of Brain
Brian Williams: Nightly Problems
Brian Williams: Lack of Copy Editor Causes Problems
Brian Williams Trips on the Learning Curve
How Brian Williams Beats the Clock
Network Newscasts Mess with the Clock Big-Time
Brian Williams: History-Maker
Network Newswriting that's Snoozewriting
When a hit is Amiss
Network Script Gets a Hard Look-and Crumples
Network Anchor Makes Time Fly at Warp Speed
Former NBC Writer Slams Brian Williams's Scripts
NBC's Pete Williams Catches a Mistake: Mine
CBS News: Mistakes Happen-and Happening Now
Scott Pelley: Wearing Two Hats can Cause Headaches
Anchors', Reporters' use of Confirmed Questionable
60 Minutes Story about Singer Hits False Note
Alas, Poor Couric
Couric: When Exclusive News is not Exclusive-and not Even News
Couric: Time Twisting, Time Wasting and Other Problems
Producer Says my Article about Evening News had Errors
How CBS's First Didn't Last
When a Network Script Should be Scrapped
How Two Network Newsmen Turned Day into Night
Hard Look Finds Weak Script Fading to Blah
60 Keeps on Ticking, but its Writing Takes a Licking
CNN: Trying to Keep them Honest
Autopsy of an Anderson Cooper Script
Cooper's 'Keeping them Honest' Raises Questions
CNN: 'Keeping them Honest'
CNN: Blitzer Cries Wolf
When Hype Turns to Tripe
When Breaking News Needs a Brake
CNN Anchor Fobs Off Old News as New
CNN: When bad Things Happen to a Sad Story
CNN Anchor Likes Astrologer, Astrology and Astrologizing
CNN: Out in the Open
Two-timing, Incorrect, Unhealthy News
Wanted: Network News People Who can Spell
Network News Often Gives us a bad Time
How Newscasts Fiddle with the Time and Day
Network Mistakes Leave Big Tips
Network Scripts that Need Work
Health News that's not Healthful
Networks Mangle and Strangle Language
Tips, Tests and Quizzes
The Eyes have it: a Broadcast Writing Clich�
Overnight Needs Oversight
Test your Newswriting I.Q. Against Networkers' I.Q
Write this Way, Please
Are you Ready for the Big Time, Say, 60 Minutes?
60 Minutes Quiz
For want of a Nail-and an Editor
The Unexamined Script is not Worth Using
Index