Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Mr. Newman's most memorable appearance on "Today" came in 1971, when he banished comedian George Jessel from the studio. In a rambling interview, the 73-year-old Jessel likened The Washington Post and New York Times to Pravda, the official Soviet newspaper.
"You are a guest here," a steely Mr. Newman told Jessel. "It is not the kind of thing one tosses off. One does not accuse newspapers of being Communist, which you have just done."
After further strained comments, Jessel said, "I didn't mean it quite that way. . . . I won't say it again."
"I agree that you won't say it again," Mr. Newman replied. "Thank you very much, Mr. Jessel."
"I just want to say one thing before I leave," Jessel added.
"Please don't," Mr. Newman said, as he broke for a commercial three minutes early.
When he came back on the air, Mr. Newman said television had a responsibility to uphold "certain standards of conduct."
"It didn't seem to me we have any obligation to allow people to come on to traduce the reputations of anyone they want," he said, "to abuse people they don't like."
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010