The Public Interest

CBS: A Collapse of Business Sense

William Lilley III

Winter 1989

THE CENTRAL QUESTIONS on people's minds about CBS News, and about the entire CBS network, are what happened and how did it happen so fast? As recently as 1981, CBS News was arguably the most powerful media force in the country; now its influence and power have markedly declined. Three new books try to explain this turnabout, and each, in its own way, attributes the rise and the fall of CBS News to personalities.

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