The opportunistic teacher who embraces the leisure interests of his pupils in the hope of leading them to higher things is as frequently unsympathetic to the really valuable qualities of popular culture as his colleague who remains resolutely hostile. A true training in discrimination is concerned with pleasure.
Broadcast journalism was born when Edward R. Murrow went to work for CBS. He covered World War II and broadcast via radio daily. He went on to work in television challenging Senator Joe McCarthy during a notable "See It Now" broadcast. He challenged the trivial in TV content during a now famous address to the Radio TV News Director's Assn.
I think Edward R. Murrow is part of the reason why I have such an intense love-hate relationship with television, and why, ultimately, I am an optimist about its future. With all of the dreck out there, there continue to be bold, inventive and idealistic creative producers who manage to find ways to inform, entertain and inspire.
Since I worked in TV news (early in my career), I learned of the quality writing and broadcasting of Edward R. Murrow. His name is now synonymous with excellence in the broadcasting industry. Many books have been written about Murrow. My favorite is this compendium of his TV scripts: "See It Now- A Selection in Texts and Pictures."