Out of Order

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Vintage Books, 1994 - 309 Seiten
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Why are our politicians almost universally perceived as liars? What made candidate Bill Clinton's draft record more newsworthy than his policy statements? How did George Bush's masculinity, Ronald Reagan's theatrics with a microphone, and Walter Mondale's appropriation of a Wendy's hamburger ad make or break their presidential campaigns?

Ever since Watergate, says Thomas E. Patterson, the road to the presidency has led through the newsrooms, which in turn impose their own values on American politics. The results are campaigns that resemble inquisitions or contests in which the candidates' game plans are considered more important than their goals. Lucid and aphoristic, historically informed and as timely as a satellite feed, Out of Order mounts a devastating inquest into the press's hijacking of the campaign process -- and shows what citizens and legislators can do to win it back.
 

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OUT OF ORDER

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An arresting and perceptive critique of the media-centric process by which America selects its Presidents. Drawing on anecdotal as well as statistical evidence from races past, Patterson (Political ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Thomas Patterson thinks that the US system of electing a president is badly broken, and that the role of the press is a big part of what's wrong with it. Press coverage of presidential campaigns is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Prologue Truth and Falsehood on
3
The Miscast Institution
28
Of SchemasGame and Governing
53
Images of the Game They Play
94
Reporters Issues versus
134
News Truth and That State
176
Postscript to Truth and Falsehood on the White
243
I
259
Bibliography
287
Index
295
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