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...
1928, despite a prominent Republican's re-mark that "We haven't time to monkey around with novelties," Democrats and Republicans were ready to spend a total of more than $1 million for commercial radio time. But not until the mid-1940s did the first detailed examination of ra- dio's impact on politics appear-in THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE: How the Voter Makes Up His Mind in a Presidential Campaign Paul F.Lazarsfeld et al. (Columbia, 1944, later eds. 1948-68, cloth & paper).
The case in point...
Americans in academic centers. And, more remarkably, an unprecedented surge in studies of the United States Rus- sian specialists. In each country, during the 1970s, popular ac-counts of everyday life in the other have become best sellers. Here, two young American scholars, S. Frederick Starr and William Zim- merman, analyze in turn what the Russians have been writing about the Americans, and vice versa.
THE RUSSIAN VIEW
by S. Frederick Starr
Rare is the American over 35 who cannot d...