The NCC on TV.

Author:Shinn, Roger L.
Position:Correspondence - Letter to the Editor

In "The Public Square" (May), Richard John Neuhaus gloats over some of the nonsense of the liberal left in past years. As one who identifies himself with the liberal left, I readily admit that it sometimes harbors nonsense, and Neuhaus (whom I regard as a long-time friend and who I hope still regards me as a friendly adversary) has a fight to gloat over its misadventures. But surely he is mistaken when he takes satisfaction in 60 Minutes' negative coverage of the National Council of Churches in 1981.

In December of 2002, Larry King interviewed Don Hewitt, executive producer of 60 Minutes, and asked whether he had any regrets about his work. Hewitt replied: "Yes, we once ... took off on the National Council of Churches as being left wing and radical, and a lot of nonsense. And the next morning I got a congratulatory call...

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