Peerless commentary on recent politics and history from one of the preeminent reporters of our time?now with new material
AN INSTITUTION at CBS for decades and a twenty-year mainstay of NPR, Daniel Schorr is a legend in journalism. Come to Think of It collects in one place, for the first time, Schorr?s observations on politics and American life during the past two decades. His essays reveal his mastery of pithy, get-to-the-point analysis, and his experience gives him an authority and range that permeate every page. In these essays we get his on-the-spot reactions to the major and minor events around the turn of the millennium?from the shock of 9/11 to the mainstreaming of Yiddish. Come to Think of It is an unparalleled account of political analysis and personal memory.
Originally broadcast on NPR from 1991 onward, this collection of news commentary from renowned veteran reporter Schorr succeed in two ways: as vivid snapshots of recent history, and the reaction to it, in America and abroad; and as canny evidence of how little really changes in a decade and a half. The author (Staying Tuned: A Life in Journalism) and NPR senior news analyst tackles deja; vu-inducing topics like dissatisfaction over the Iraq policy of President Bush in the early '90s (a chief executive "who attends orchestrated events and expresses what sounds like orchestrated empathy"), and a Clinton presidential campaign facing character issues and a "gotcha" press mentality. In the years since, the repeat Emmy and Peabody award winner takes aim at issues large and small (Waco, the Unabomber, terrorism, abortion, the "State of Peace on Earth"), and especially the changing nature of the news business, including eulogies to industry greats (Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, New York Times editor Abe Rosenthal), coverage analysis (the O.J. trial, Monica Lewinsky) and the erosion of the first amendment. The short pieces that populate this volume offer shrewd, sure assessment that makes great bite-sized reading for any fan of politics, Schorr or NPR news.