"A provocative cri de couer at…our national news media wrapped neatly in a shiny literary package. Jim Lehrer’s loss is fiction’s gain."
–Eric Alterman, New York Times Book Review
"MacNeil calls it a novel but here, in delightfully readable style, may be the best explanation yet of that which ails television news."
"MacNeil has written a page-turning novel that gripped me and never let go until I reached the last page. On one level, it explores the collision between commerical and news values. On a deeper level, it is a rich human drama."
"Breaking News is a fly on the wall of every network newsroom. Journalistic integrity battles the bottom line and guess who wins? It’s also a study of the seduction of the not-so-innocent, with all the attendant absurdities."
"This is a reporter’s notebook, a fly-on-the-wall account of what really goes on behind the facade of the television news business. And you’ll recognize a lot of today’s news heavy-hitters in the ‘fictional’ cast of characters Robert MacNeil has so entertainingly assembled."
>"A devastating portrait of American TV news."