Immitating newscasts

A. Joseph Ross
Tue Nov 8 00:06:37 EST 2005

I thought that ever since the 1939 "War of the Worlds" broadcast, which mimicked radio 
news broadcasts, stations and networks had policies against allowing entertainment shows 
to pretend to be news coverage.   

Last night on "The West Wing," they featured a debate between the two Presidential 
candidates in their fictitious election.  As a gimmick, the debate was performed live, with a 
second performance for the West Coast, as often was done with live radio shows in the old 

And at the bottom right corner of the screen was the word "Live," the NBC Peacock logo, 
and the words "NBC News."

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