Friday, March 25, 2016

Review: This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV

This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV by Bob Schieffer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a behind-the-scenes look at a newsman's life, this fascinating memoir will please all news junkies. It begins with Schieffer's days in Fort Worth, Texas working for a newspaper, and follows him through his career in television.

The first chapter focuses on the day that President Kennedy was assassinated when Schieffer in Fort Worth meets a woman who wants to be driven to Dallas. After he agrees, he learns that she is Lee Harvey Oswald's mother. The book is filled with so many interesting facts many of us have either forgotten or never knew about.

As a political correspondent who's covered the Pentagon, Congress and presidential races, Schieffer provides a depth to all the news of the time: President Nixon's term in office, the Carter vs. Reagan race, the Gore vs. Bush election debacle, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, and the impact of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.

Schieffer writes a great deal of inside information on how television news broadcasts work: the producers, the writers, the assignment desks, the last-minute maneuvers necessary to broadcast the news fast and accurately.

Schieffer is currently retired the retired moderator of "Face the Nation" on CBS but is brought back now and then to comment on the current political scene.

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