TV News and Politics
Thomas E. Patterson
The 1976 presidential campaign, as presented on the network evening news, was primarily a competition to be won or lost. Only secondarily did it seem to involve national policy and quality of leadership.
Most of the evening news coverage was given over to what can most aptly be called the "horserace"-the candidates' comings and goings on the campaign trail, their strategies for winning votes, and their prospects for victory or defeat. Such subjects accounted for 60...