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The Resource Sneaking into the flying circus : how the media turn our presidential campaigns into freak shows, Alexandra Pelosi

Sneaking into the flying circus : how the media turn our presidential campaigns into freak shows, Alexandra Pelosi

Label
Sneaking into the flying circus : how the media turn our presidential campaigns into freak shows
Title
Sneaking into the flying circus
Title remainder
how the media turn our presidential campaigns into freak shows
Statement of responsibility
Alexandra Pelosi
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Alexandra Pelosi's one-on-one time with the 2004 presidential candidates affords an up-close perspective on the highs and lows of campaign life: the genuine thrill of seeing America, the unrelenting grind of endless campaign stops, the hope and heartache of poll results. While the candidates try to stick to tightly constructed scripts, Pelosi's nonnetwork angle makes for revealing portraits of the men who wanted to be president." "But even more, Pelosi's approach reveals fundamental flaws in the media's election coverage. A former member of the campaign press corps, she turns her gimlet eye on the media, which are busy enacting their own election-time rituals: "Every election cycle journalists defy the theory of evolution, living sequestered on a bus, with no sleep, few showers, and tons of junk food, going town-to-town listening to the same speech over and over. You're stuck in this dysfunctional relationship between the news organization that has you there to do their bidding and the campaign that is trying to co-opt you."" "And herein lies Pelosi's driving point: politicians and journalists don't trust each other, and so, in election coverage and in politics in general, the press is utterly hamstrung. Since the candidates never say anything unscripted and the journalists have to make nice in order to maintain access, modern presidential campaigns have become little more than media events. Politicians and journalists alike are going through the motions, and the voters have no idea who the candidates really are." "Sneaking into the Flying Circus exposes the election process for what it is: a three-ring gala production that comes to town every four years. As a nation and an audience, we're often willing to suspend disbelief - and we often can't resist when the clowns try to get us in on the act. It is, after all, the greatest show on earth."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pelosi, Alexandra
Dewey number
324.7/3/0973090511
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK526 2004
LC item number
.P45 2005
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Presidents
  • Mass media
  • Political campaigns
  • Press and politics
Label
Sneaking into the flying circus : how the media turn our presidential campaigns into freak shows, Alexandra Pelosi
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
58791182
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 299 pages
Isbn
9780743263047
Lccn
2005040102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Sneaking into the flying circus : how the media turn our presidential campaigns into freak shows, Alexandra Pelosi
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
58791182
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 299 pages
Isbn
9780743263047
Lccn
2005040102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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