`Talking head' puts personality in `News War'

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February 13, 2007|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,sun television critic

Personality may be the last thing one might expect to find in a four-night, public-television documentary bearing the ponderous title News War: Secrets, Spin and the Future of the News. Its presence seems even less likely when you consider the lead on-camera figure: a bulky, bespectacled, 61-year-old talking head.

At the risk of being judged a lightweight who celebrates style over substance, I cannot stress enough how important correspondent Lowell Bergman is to the success of this timely four-part exploration of the state of contemporary journalism.

On TV News War airs at 9 tonight, Feb. 20 and 27, and March 27 on Channels 22 and 67.

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