The Fair Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s

The Fair Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s

The Fair Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s

The Fair Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s

Synopsis

"Why did major news outlets virtually ignore the only cost-effective plan for universal health care coverage - even though polls showed the plan had majority support? Why did leading journalists go out of their way to attack Bill Clinton's rivals in the 1992 Democratic primary - while focusing unprecedented attention on Clinton's personal life? Why do establishment media consider falling unemployment to be bad news?" "In the tradition of I. F. Stone and George Seldes, the contributors to The FAIR Reader probe the often mysterious connections between press and politics in the 1990s. The essays are filled with startling information about the critical issues of our time - from the Gulf War and the Clarence Thomas hearings to the debates over health care reform and NAFTA - documenting the deceptive, one-sided mainstream reporting that leaves the public in the dark." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

March/April 1989

William gibson

For years George Bush suffered the reputation of being one of the great wimps in American politics. Richard Nixon told dirty jokes about his subservience; Garry Trudeau mocked him relentlessly for months in "Doonesbury." For a while, the nation's newspaper columnists even discussed "the wimp factor" in evaluating the 1988 presidential primaries and the possible outcome of the election. Then Bush went on the offensive, grabbed the flag, enlisted Willie Horton as a campaign aide, and learned to speak like Clint Eastwood ("Make My Day"), with his very own "Read My Lips, No New Taxes."

For those Americans still dueless that a virile, active president had replaced an aging, enfeebled one, the Bush administration kindly and gently choreographed a remarkable outdoors routine for the nation's press photographers: See George Bush standing chest-deep in the foaming surf of Florida, casting his lure in search of a big one! See George Bush trout fishing in Maine! See George quail hunting in the thick cactus-filled brush of south Texas!

Bush was not the first surf-and-turf president. That honor goes to Theodore Roosevelt, president from 1901 to 1909. Roosevelt had campaigned for office as a war hero, the legendary "Rough Rider" from the Spanish-American War. the legend of San Juan Hill was itself carefully cultivated by Roosevelt. He deliberately took the name "Rough Riders" for his unit because it was already internationally famous as the nickname for the "cowboys" and "Indians" of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show; the name gave his regiment instant celebrity status. Moreover, some . . .

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