Four More Years
Thrilled with their sudden prestige among the press corps, TVTV
returned to Miami in August to cover the Republican Convention. The
group quickly discovered the Republicans were as controlled as the
Democrats were disorganized. This made the job much easier, especially since the media inadvertently had been handed the Republicans'
minute-by-minute script of the Convention, including all the "spontaneous demonstrations" held by the Young Republicans. The story
at the Republican Convention was not about a fight for the nomination (since Nixon's anointing was a foregone conclusion), but about
the clash of styles and values espoused by the people inside the convention hall and those outside. TVTV covered Young Republican rallies, cocktail parties, antiwar
demonstrations, and the "scheduled" frenzy of the convention floor.
Posted in the living room of their Pine Tree Drive headquarters was
the following reminder
The Big Stories
|1. The Underbelly of Broadcast TV|
|2. The Vietnam vets|
|3. Those zany Republicans, young and old|
|4. The White House family/celebrities|
Are you on a big story? Does your big story connect with the
others? Is your Little story part of the big picture?
Once again aiming their cameras away from the podium and into
the crowd, TVTV produced Four More Years, an amazingly coherent
and exhaustive chronicle of the convention. From the Nixonettes to
the Vietnam Vets, from the ego-driven media stars to the power-
hungry political czars, the characters included in Four More Years
provided a complex portrait of America poised at a moment when a