Mudd eschewed the typical memoir and wrote a book about the heyday of TV news and CBS News For any journalist it s a kick For non journalists there s some great insight into the J world and the wr
Mudd eschewed the typical memoir and wrote a book about the heyday of TV news and CBS News. For any journalist, it's a kick. For non-journalists, there's some great insight into the J world and the writing is crisp, interesting and loaded with great stories. Mudd, who started out as a print journalistm, was in Washington with JFK and RFK and during Watergate. There are some first-rate stories. For one, Mudd covered Capitol Hill for years, including the famous filibuster designed to stop civil rights legislation in 1964. At one point, Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, was speaking in a deserted Senate chamber at dinner hour. Only Sen. Tom McIntyre was there, and he was presiding. Tower looked at McIntyre and said, "Mr. President, may we have order?" Great anecdote. Mudd also tells the story of Lillian Brooks Brown, television makeup artist to presidents from JFK to Clinton. Brown covered up the fact Nixon had been crying the night he resigned the presidency. Called to the White House, Brown couldn't get Nixon's makeup to stop streaking because the president's tears would not quit. She said he was sobbing as he sat alone with her in the sitting room off the Oval Office. Finally, she reminded him how Nixon's excitable dog disrupted the hanging of Christmas tree ornaments one year and she suggested putting the dog in the bathroom. She led the way and was suprised that it was Nixon who brought the dog behind her. Somehow, the door to the bathroom closed behind him and Brown found herself trapped in a bathroom with the president of the United States and his dog. The story calmed Nixon, the makeup worked, the president returned to the Oval Office and announced his resignation on TV. In the same chapter, Mudd captures the goofiness of reporters with a quick story about writer Jack Germond finally getting on TV. Until his break on CBS' Meet the Press, Germond wasn't considered a TV face. During the night before his debut on the Sunday morning show, his buddies Jules Witcover and Tom Ottenad burst into his hotel room and began shaking talcum powder all over him, yelling, "Makeup, makeup!" Oh, and Walter Cronkite had a magic number: 5-and-a-half minutes. He demanded that much face or voice time in every news broadcast he anchored. The most striking part of the book, and it is terribly underplayed, is the battle between Mudd and Dan Rather to replace Cronkite as the anchor of the CBS Evening News. Rather comes off badly, but Mudd gives Rather a chance to defend every complaint. Certainly a different way to write a book, but very refreshing. The sense one has reading one person's side in a book and wondering how realistic it is was replaced by wonder at the complexities of human interaction as the two men present their sides. Of course, Mudd gets the last word, and Rather does look bad, but I tend to buy Mudd's version.The best The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News Author Roger Mudd go inside Book Roger Mudd joined CBS in 1961, and as the congressional correspondent, became a star covering the historic Senate debate over the 1964 Civil Right Act Appearing at the steps of Congress every morning, noon, and night for the twelve weeks of filibuster, he established a reputation as a leading political reporter Mudd was one of half a dozen major figures in the stable ofRoger Mudd joined CBS in 1961, and as the congressional correspondent, became a star covering the historic Senate debate over the 1964 Civil Right Act Appearing at the steps of Congress every morning, noon, and night for the twelve weeks of filibuster, he established a reputation as a leading political reporter Mudd was one of half a dozen major figures in the stable of CBS News broadcasters at a time when the network s standing as a provider of news was at its peak In The Place to Be, Mudd tells of how the bureau worked the rivalries, the egos, the pride, the competition, the ambitions, and the gathering frustrations of conveying the world to a national television audient in thirty minutes minus commercials It is the story of a unique TV news bureau, unmatched in its quality, dedication, and professionalism It shows what TV journalism was once like and what it s missing today.. Roger Mudd Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the
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. The best Books The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News I very much enjoyed Roger Mudd's book - which centers mainly around his time at CBS. It is frank and honest about the personalities of the network -- from Mudd's days at its affiliate WTOP in Washington, DC to competing with Dan Rather as the successor to Walter Cronkite, the anchor of the CBS Evening News. Mudd's tone is self-assured, and he appears to hold back nothing from his recollection of others in his office - from their own personal peculiarities to their interactions with others in the bureau. For instance, Dan Rather comes off initially as friendly with Mudd (he was on the Mudd's "dinner party list"), but according to the author, their relationship became less collegial once Rather realized he was in line for Cronkite's job. But I was heartened to read here that in recent months, Rather and Mudd have mended fences, of a fashion. CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, not unlike commentator commentator Eric Sevareid, comes off as aloof and vindictive toward Mudd - Cronkite and he crossed swords early and often, and in my own view, this contributed to Mudd's not getting the nod for the anchor chair. But Mudd sees himself as reluctant to accept such a position - even if were offered to him. He thought of the job as that of a glorified news reader - where news was basically repackaged from wire stories gathered earlier in the day. But he acknowledges the prestige the position carries, and I think this was part of the reason why he resented the way the whole matter of selecting Cronkite's successor was handled. Following this episode, Mudd did something he previously thought unthinkable - he bolted for NBC News.Bill Small, who ran the CBS Washington Bureau, comes off as a very thoughtful, wise, and decent manager, and Mudd respects him greatly. But Mudd's colleague of Watergate fame, Daniel Schorr, comes off far worse. Schorr was involved in the "Pike Papers" (on illegal CIA and FBI activities) controversy in the mid-1970s. With a possible lawsuit against the network hanging in the air, Schorr held back the fact that it was he who had leaked the papers to Clay Felker of the "Village Voice", who happened to be fellow CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl's boyfriend. Needless to say, everyone suspected Stahl and there were meetings held to decide her future with the network. But eventually it was determined that Schorr had himself leaked the documents, and as a result, Schorr resigned from CBS. Mudd is characteristically candid in describing this, and other similarly prickly episodes.All the while, Mudd is critical of his own behavior, particularly around the anchor selection process. He confesses to not being much of a self-promoter, and that he allowed the events to drive him, and not the other way around. Overall, I found this to be a very entertaining and touching memoir; Mudd has a lot to say, and what he does say is extensively documented. He inteviewed countless former office mates, and was relieved to say they were all eager to discuss their own roles in the network and to set the record straight. It all adds up to an entertaining and thoroughly believable account.I was impressed by Mudd's candor, and this is the main reason why I would highly recommend this book to anyone - but particularly those who are interested in newsgathering and current events.