The Control Room: How Television Calls the Shots in Presidential Elections

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Who will determine what Americans are thinking when they cast their votes in the year 2000?
Martin Plissner, former political director of CBS News, has played a central role in the network coverage of every presidential campaign since 1964. In The Control Room, he shows how all the elements of our nation's greatest contest -- the primaries, the conventions, the counting of the ballots --are shaped by the networks' struggle for supremacy in today's media-intensive age. From the earliest announcements to the final swearing-in, those inside the control rooms determine what Americans care about when they enter the polling booths and whom the country ultimately sends to the Oval Office.

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Having worked at CBS News for three decades, most recently as executive political director, Martin Plissner has witnessed the behind-the-scenes decisions that determine how the networks cover presidential campaigns. In The Control Room, he suggests that presidential campaigns have, in response to that coverage, become one big staged (or, rather, televised) event in which candidates spend their days flying from place to place shaking hands, attending festivals, and giving speeches--all in the hope that it'll generate a broadcast-worthy image or sound bite.

Having so much control over what most Americans learn about presidential candidates makes TV powerful indeed, but Plissner dismisses the notion that producers and executives have a political agenda: "Their goals are for the most part the largest possible viewership at the lowest possible cost and the gratification that comes from scoring any kind of competitive edge over their television rivals." Exactly right--and increasingly corrosive to the political process. In 1952, when the first political convention was televised nationwide, the party's nominees were still chosen at the conventions; the 1976 conventions were the last at which there was even a hint of mystery over who the nominees would be. With the final selections now obvious months in advance, conventions have lost their news value and become political extravaganza shows. But in trying to tightly script their conventions for the television audience, political operatives have outsmarted themselves: the conventions have become so canned, so staged, and so devoid of any spontaneity that in 2000 it's possible the only live coverage will be of the nominees' acceptance speeches. According to Plissner, that might not be such a bad idea. --Linda Killian

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Martin Plissner is recently retired from his position as Executive Political Director of CBS News. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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