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Out of Order: An Incisive and Boldly Original Critique of the News Media's Domination Ofamerica's Political Process
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Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date August 1, 1994
Pages 336
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679755104
ISBN-10 0679755101
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $17.95
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A political science professor at Syracuse University examines how Americans elect presidents, analyzes how the growth of the media has undermined that process, and proposes changes in the campaign procedure to encourage stronger candidates
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Why are our politicians almost universally perceived as liars? What made candidate Bill Clinton's draft record more newsworthy than his policy statements? How did George Bush's masculinity, Ronald Reagan's theatrics with a microphone, and Walter Mondale's appropriation of a Wendy's hamburger ad make or break their presidential campaigns?

Ever since Watergate, says Thomas E. Patterson, the road to the presidency has led through the newsrooms, which in turn impose their own values on American politics. The results are campaigns that resemble inquisitions or contests in which the candidates' game plans are considered more important than their goals. Lucid and aphoristic, historically informed and as timely as a satellite feed, Out of Order mounts a devastating inquest into the press's hijacking of the campaign process -- and shows what citizens and legislators can do to win it back.

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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (August 1, 1994)
9780679755104 | details & prices | 336 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $17.95
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