Out of Order: An Incisive and Boldly Original Critique of the News Media's Domination of America's Political Process

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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...

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Overview

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 pulls no punches. It is a serious, challenging, controversial critique of the press as an 800-pound gorilla, an increasingly arrogant player in presidential campaigning." -- Marvin Kalb, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
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Patterson (political science, Syracuse Univ.) makes his points early and often, contending that the system used to elect our presidents is ``out of order'' and clearly identifying the reasons: poor and ``miscast'' performances of the news media, the proliferation of presidential primaries across the United States, and the subsequent decline of the place of political parties in national elections. Patterson's remedy is to shorten the campaign by bunching up the primaries in a six-week period starting in June. He would also provide candidates with ``adequate broadcast opportunities to present themselves and their policies as they wished them to be seen.'' There's nothing really new in any of this, although the author distills his views from nearly every modern source available. For large political science collections.-- Chet Hagan, Berks Cty. P.L. System, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679755104
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,429,281
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Truth and Falsehood on the Campaign Trail 3
Ch. 1 The Miscast Institution 28
Ch. 2 Of Schemas - Game and Governing 53
Ch. 3 Images of the Game They Play 94
Ch. 4 Reporters' Issues versus Candidates' Issues 134
Ch. 5 News, Truth, and That State of Nature We Call Election Coverage 176
Ch. 6 How to Fix the Campaign: Shorten It 207
Notes 243
Bibliography 279
Index 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    great book

    this book is well written, outlining the neccessary means needed to formulate a better un, and the distrubution of power and wealth among nations peacefully. luther king myarko

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