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Murray Fromson, a veteran journalist, is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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Media Matters

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 8:55 PM

This being just five days into the new year, I hate to start off with some negative complaints, especially because my unhappiness has to do with the incomplete reporting about Obamacare, the War on Poverty led by President Lyndon B. Johnson on whose lap I once sat, and the commentary...

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Hong Kong: Memories of the Past and Realities of Today

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 12:21 PM

(Part 3 of my Cold War Recollections)

Hong Kong is such a picturesque outpost on the face of Asia that having lived there, it is impossible to ever forget it. The memory of my first hair-raising approach to Kai Tak airport on a Cathay Pacific DC-3 which I...

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Hong Kong, China and the Mythology of The Cold War

(3) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 11:54 AM

(Part Four/Finale of My Cold War Recollections)

Whatever changes occur in Hong Kong, may forever psychologically continue to be a listening post for those monitoring events in China, What has been going on without much Western attention is what one trusted friend has told me is an unprecedented political polarization...

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A Grim, Yet Satisfying, Return Visit to Cambodia

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 3:17 PM

I returned to Cambodia a month ago, unsure that I wanted to be reminded once again of the haunted days in 1975 when I was a CBS News correspondent in Phnom Penh that was under siege and the Khmer Rouge was close to imposing its horror on the capital's citizens...

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A Retrospective

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 12:59 AM

Following a month-long return to the memories of my Cold War years of reporting in Southeast Asia, life in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Hong Kong exposed me to an economic revival of these countries that have put the animosities of the past to rest. Bangkok, which had only 65 registered...

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Reflections on "the Crisis"

(6) Comments | Posted October 19, 2013 | 5:22 PM

So much ink has been spent to express the nation's shock over the so-called debt crisis that there is little more to be said. For relief it would be useful to suggest an opportunity to read Paul Krugman's column on Friday's's New York Times Op-Ed page ("The Damage...

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Memories of the 'Dream' Speech and John Lewis

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 3:46 AM

I missed Martin Luther King's stirring "I have A Dream" speech 50 years ago because my CBS News colleagues and I were covering the war in Vietnam. If King's speech resonated with the American people, it did not go far enough in the deep South. Two years later on the...

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Talk About the Deaf and the Dumb

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 8:07 PM

Where are there enough intelligent Republicans on the Hill to oppose the proposed impeachment proceedings against President Obama? If they didn't get the message they were given in the last off-year election, they most certainly will hear it repeated in the presidential election to come.

They should have been in...

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The Sunday Blues

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 6:46 PM

If you watched the usual round of weekend talk shows, it was enough to realize that the non-stop blab out of Washington was not the only source of intelligent analysis that exists in the country.

CNN, for instance, needs to hire an executive in charge who can tighten up its...

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The Big Hurrah

(50) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 9:21 AM

The long-ballyhooed Al Jazeera went on the air this evening and as a debut it will be the talk of America, if not all the world by tomorrow morning. If the skeptics, and I was among them, who thought it would only amount to a mouthpiece for the Gulf nations...

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Let's Hear From an Egyptian Viewpoint

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 12:49 AM

If Only the Sphinx Could Talk!

Perhaps it would summon a skilled and informed foreign editor to have MSNBC give viewers a more accurate and complete picture of the horror in Cairo rather than forcing us to hear a lot of blah blah from a circle of...

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Selma Remembered

(27) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 8:59 AM

March 7, 1965 -- I vividly remember that bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge leading out of Selma, Alabama when some 600 civil rights marchers heading for the state capitol in Montgomery were stopped by club-wielding state troopers, deputy sheriffs and other hired hands. I was a CBS News...

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Syria Oh Syria

(9) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:35 PM

First, let's cleanse Washington of all those interventionists who can't wait until we get our hands bitten in Syria in another futile pursuit of nation-building. They linger in the hallways of Congress or nearby the White House, eager to advise each incoming president unfamiliar with foreign policy to their theoretical...

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Rembering the Voting Rights Act

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 8:10 PM

The trouble with history is time. Lost time. Too many people tinker with history and if they have no memory, the facts and remembrances of a significant event tend to get lost or twisted.

Take the anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to which...

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Remembering the Voting Rights Act

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 2:34 PM

The trouble with history is time. Lost time. Too many people tinker with history and if they have no memory, the facts and remembrances of a significant event tend to get lost or twisted.

Take the anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to which I was an...

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Oscar's Dilemma

(7) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 7:13 PM

We all know what the Academy Awards come to symbolize each year. But tonight should be different with agonizing doubt about it. That's why I believe for the first time in Oscar history, it should not be surprised if the best film of 2012 is handed both to Steven Spielberg's...

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Hold Tight, Mr. President!

(26) Comments | Posted December 2, 2012 | 9:05 AM

The fate of Susan Rice is, of course, in your hands. But allow me to offer my encouragement to remain deliberate in selecting her as the next Secretary of State. Do not buckle to the absurdities of Washington gossip.

While I do not know her personally, I am familiar with...

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Enough of These Congressional Fools!

(15) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 8:26 AM

For Senator John McCain to call Ambassador Susan Rice ignorant or incompetent is a disgusting betrayal, coming from a onetime graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy whose test scores were among the lowest in his graduating class of 1958. Ambassador Rice, a graduate of Stanford University and Oxford,...

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A Perspective on the Debates

(4) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 9:31 PM

Weeks ago, President Obama was being held responsible for the economic doldrums that had engulfed the country. Today, some of the leading economists were on television this weekend, portraying a far more promising picture for the years ahead with the president being praised for some of the steps his administration...

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The GOP Presidency

(61) Comments | Posted December 18, 2011 | 6:37 PM

I must confess: I don't like Newt Gingrich. He's an insufferable bore. He talks too much. He has an opinion about everything, none of it conciliatory. Most of it in fact is irrational. He is not what anyone might consider to be a deep thinker. While Barack Obama demonstrates leadership...

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