Ford: Critiquing The Funeral

By Brian 

Tom Shales thinks ABC probably had the best coverage of Gerald Ford‘s national funeral in Washington. Here are a few bullet points from his review:

> “ABC anchor Charles Gibson showed the most tact and discretion, limiting his remarks to things viewers actually might need to know. Gibson, of course, has more authority and experience behind him…”

> “As the big and more established networks conveyed a kind of official aura, NBC’s quirky cable outfit MSNBC offered more flavorful and colorful, but still respectful, coverage…”

> “The CBS coverage was marred by a director’s or producer’s insistence on dividing the screen up in boxes, with a large amount of space taken up by ‘The Death of a President,’ the title CBS gave its coverage…”