"Edward R. Murrow was the greatest exponent of the Bill of Rights I have ever met. Everything we did had to do with the rights of the individual under our Constitution. Every show we ever did, if you examine it carefully, you will find within it the Bill of Rights. That was his function. And we were able to do it because we were independent."
About This Interview
In her three-hour Archive interview, Mili Lerner Bonsignori describes her transition from an editor in feature films to her extensive career in television. She describes her work as an editor on the CBS documentary series See It Now, Small World, and CBS Reports; and her opinions on and relationship with the co-producers of these series, Edward R. Murrow (who also served as host) and Fred W. Friendly. She describes in detail such benchmark See It Now shows as "The Case Against Milo Radulovich AO589839," "A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy," and "A Conversation with Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer" and the CBS Reports program "Hunger in America." She describes her later freelance work, such as that with Charles Kuralt and the two documentaries for which she won Emmy Awards, ...But What About the Children? and CBS Reports: The Defense of the United States: A Call to Arms. She also discusses the changes that have affected the field of editing through the years, such as the advent of videotape. Michael Rosen conducted the interview in Kissimmee, FL on December 11, 1998.