Sarah Crichton Books
On Sale: May 22, 2012
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When David Westin became president of ABC News in March
1997, the division was treading water. “It looked like all
the really important news was behind us,” he writes. Hardly.
For the next thirteen years, Westin would preside over ABC
News during some of the most important and perplexing events
in its history:
• President Clinton’s impeachment
• The tied 2000
• The 9/11 attacks
Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
• The swift boat
smear campaign against Senator John Kerry
Interview is a behind-the-scenes look at Westin’s tenure
and the major news that marked it. He takes us inside the
chaos of the newsroom—alongside major players such as Peter
Jennings, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, and Bob
Woodruff—where what looks clear and certain from the outside
is often mired in conflict and urgency. Neither an apologia
nor a critique, the book charts the ups and downs of
fourteen formative years in network news, addressing basic
questions about how our news is reported, from the point of
view of someone who was there. With milestones from the
recent past, Westin explores the uncertainty inherent in his
job, and its central question: Is it possible for
journalists to be both good at their jobs and people of good
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