He was one of CBS’s “Murrow’s Boys”, then a moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, now a Fox News contributor. Not surprisingly, Marvin Kalb has a lot to say about television news.
TVNewser caught up with Kalb, 81, during a visit to Chicago’s Pritzker Military Library Thursday night, during a speaking tour for a book he co-authored with his daughter Deborah Kalb. Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama addresses how the shadow of the war continues to affect White House decision-making to this day.
TVNewser: In your talk tonight you said that “today’s reporters are better educated about the military than they’ve ever been”. Which current tvnewsers do you think do a good job of covering the Pentagon, the military?
Kalb: Jim Miklaszewski at NBC does a very fine job. At CBS, David Martin is a highly-experienced, skillful, knowledgeable reporter who’s about as solid in covering the Pentagon as anybody you can find. And there are many others as well, but those are two first-rate TV reporters.
TVNewser: I want to ask you about Andy Rooney, whom you know well and who’s in the hospital right now. Do you know anything about his condition?
Kalb: No I don’t…Andy is a remarkable example of a reporter who started in World War II, and right up to the present day, was able to observe the nuttiness of life. And reported with a touch of humor and class. And he will always be among my favorites.
TVNewser: Fox News CEO Roger Ailes recently talked about a “course correction” for the network. As an FNC contributor, what are your thoughts on that?