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Fred Friendly

Fred FriendlyAKA Ferdinand Wachenheimer Friendly

Born: 30-Oct-1915
Birthplace: Providence, RI
Died: 3-Mar-1998
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Stroke
Remains: Buried, Sharon Gardens Cemetery, Valhalla, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: President of CBS News, 1964-66

Military service: US Army (Education and Information Section 1941-5)

With Edward R. Murrow, broadcast the first coast-to-coast television program, See It Now, in 1952-5. After Lyndon B. Johnson fabricated the Tonkin Gulf incident and (then CBS News President) Friendly accepted it at face value, an ailing Murrow called Friendly on the telephone to tear his old partner a new asshole. [Halberstam, p.444]

Wife: Dorothy Greene (1st, div.)
Wife: Ruth W. Mark (two sons)
Daughter: (from previous marriage)
Father: Samuel Wachenheimer
Mother: Therese Friendly

    University: Nichols Business College

    CBS President, CBS News (1964-66)
    Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
    Peabody
    Polk Award 1990

Author of books:
The Good Guys, the Bad Guys, and the First Amendment: Free Speech vs. Fairness in Broadcasting (1976, media studies)
Minnesota Rag: The Dramatic Story of the Landmark Supreme Court Case That Gave New Meaning to Freedom of the Press (1981, media studies)
The Constitution: That Delicate Balance (1984, law)


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