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

Entries by Murray Fromson

The Aftermath of the 'Great Debate'

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 2:42 PM

Poor Old Cleveland. It has always been cursed by perennial lousy weather. Last night, it foisted on us a painful parade of the Terrible Ten. Watching last evening's heavily advertised and promoted GOP Presidential Debate on Fox News -- which I could only say after 70 years of covering American...

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Remembering the Old Days from Dixie

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 1:13 PM

As a reporter who traced the history of the KKK in Indiana through its nasty days in Dixie, its racist fear-mongering in the border states when it threatened and actually carried out lynchings to non-believers, it's difficult to imagine how history still eludes the remaining Klanners who dared to raise...

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Trump's Fallacious Accusations

(3) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 1:01 AM

Months ago when Donald Trump managed to draw the attention of the mainstream media by accusing Mexico of "sending" Mexicans (of all stripes) to the United States, he was ignorant of just how ordinary citizens from our neighboring nation make their way north. I know from my experience of living...

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The Dream Ticket

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:56 PM

For several months relatives and close friends of mine will verify that I have been predicting that the final Democratic ticket in the presidential primary will be Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Elizabeth Warren. An all-women ticket? Bah, some of the skeptics responded... It will never happen. I reminded...

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The Difference Between Fact and Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 10:05 PM

Turn on CNN any Sunday morning and its principal programs most likely will intrigue you, particularly if you are watching Fareed Zakaria, Brian Stelter and their casts of articulate and intelligent characters who "analyze" or have an opinion about "the news." They are consistent, informative and almost always persuasive.

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Guns, Guns, Guns

(4) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 6:51 PM

Having been an outspoken critic of uncontrolled handgun distribution over the past 40 years and the way the Constitution has been twisted to justify reckless sales of deadly weapons, I am pleased to say that the arms industry and the distributors of deadly handguns have taken positive steps to ensure...

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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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