The late Fred Friendly, former CBS News president, won praise from broadcasting colleagues and dignitaries alike for his devotion to journalism.
Friendly was remembered this week with a memorial service at Columbia University, where the broadcasting pioneer launched the second stage of his career as a professor and moderator of seminars on journalistic ethics in 1966. He died March 3.Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he considered Friendly a close friend even though their contact was limited to a handful of PBS seminars. Friendly's boyish enthusiasm and belief in people's goodness was an anti-dote to the "relentlessly cynical" press, Scalia said.
Documentary maker Bill Moyers recalled his wanting to quit as President Lyndon Johnson's press secretary and that Johnson said he'd only accept his resignation if Friendly agreed to take the job. Friendly said he'd consider the move a step down. "For Fred, journalism was a mission, not a business," Moyers said.