He continued newspaper and novel writing into the mid-seventies, but is remembered best as the Tribune’s chief radio/TV critic during the 1950’s. This line of his about CBS-TV cancelling Edward R. Murrow’s “See It Now,” helps explain why Crosby was so well regarded: “See it Now… is by every criterion television’s most brilliant, most decorated, most imaginative, most courageous and most important program. The fact that CBS cannot afford it but can afford “Beat The Clock,”is shocking.” Another worthy observation of his concerned WNEW’s new, (1958) full-time news department and its “brash young news staff” whose news coverage was “busting out all over.” Read on.
The image above is a recreation of a 1959 John Crosby column as published in the New York Herald Tribune. Thanks to Bill Diehl for finding a copy of the original column. E.B.