Reporter Timothy Crouse's behind-the-scenes coverage of the political press corps during the 1972 presidential campaign. An enlightening study in journalism and the political process. Photographs, Index.
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Political spin-doctoring has become something of an art form in the last few decades. It was less artful in the early years of the information age, and Crouse's entertaining look at the attempts of both the Nixon and McGovern '72 campaign staffs to control the media seems almost comical, so poor were they at the image-and-sound bite manipulation that now defines our politics. Crouse is a serious-minded journalist, however, and his firsthand report on how political news is made and shaped remains important reading. Check out Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 for a more madcap view of the same matters.From the Back Cover:
“All the secrets . . . the definitive story.”
—The Washington Post
“Provokes, perplexes, illuminates and amuses.”
“An extremely insightful and provocative book.”
“Crouse takes a big bite out of the hand that
feeds news to America——a mean, funny,
absolutely honest book!”
—Hunter S. Thompson
“Marvelously entertaining . . . There is no better way to
find out just how the news . . . reaches us.”
—The Boston Globe
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Book Description Ballantine Books, 1980. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M034529338X