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Inside the Presidential Debates Their Improbable Past and Promising Future Newton Minow s long engagement with the world of television began nearly fifty years ago when President Kennedy appointed him chairman of the Federal Communications Commission As its head Minow would

  • Title: Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future
  • Author: Craig L. LaMay Newton N. Minow Vartan Gregorian
  • ISBN: 9780226530413
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future By Craig L. LaMay Newton N. Minow Vartan Gregorian, Newton Minow s long engagement with the world of television began nearly fifty years ago when President Kennedy appointed him chairman of the Federal Communications Commission As its head, Minow would famously dub TV a vast wasteland, thus inaugurating a career dedicated to reforming television to better serve the public interest Since then, he has been chairman of PBSNewton Minow s long engagement with the world of television began nearly fifty years ago when President Kennedy appointed him chairman of the Federal Communications Commission As its head, Minow would famously dub TV a vast wasteland, thus inaugurating a career dedicated to reforming television to better serve the public interest Since then, he has been chairman of PBS and on the board of CBS and elsewhere, but his most lasting contribution remains his leadership on televised presidential debates He was assistant counsel to Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson when Stevenson first proposed the idea of the debates in 1960 he served as cochair of the presidential debates in 1976 and 1980 and he helped create and is currently vice chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized the debates for the last two decades.Written with longtime collaborator Craig LaMay, this fascinating history offers readers for the first time a genuinely inside look into the origins of the presidential debates and the many battles both legal and personal that have determined who has been allowed to debate and under what circumstances The authors do not dismiss the criticism of the presidential debates in recent years but do come down solidly in favor of them, arguing that they are one of the great accomplishments of modern American electoral politics As they remind us, the debates were once unique in the democratic world, are now emulated across the globe, and they offer the public the only real chance to see the candidates speak in direct response to one another in a discussion of major social, economic, and foreign policy issues.Looking to the challenges posed by third party candidates and the emergence of new media such as YouTube, Minow and LaMay ultimately make recommendations for the future, calling for the debates to become less formal, with candidates allowed to question each other and citizens allowed to question candidates directly They also explore the many ways in which the Internet might serve to broaden the debates appeal and informative power Whether it s Clinton or Obama vs McCain, Inside the Presidential Debates will be welcomed in 2008 by anyone interested in where this crucial part of our democracy is headed and how it got there.

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    1. Newton Minow, who helped bring the presidential debates into existence, and then helped guide their development, wrote this history of the debates for 2008 University of Chicago Press re released it as an ebook for the 2012 elections.One of the most fascinating aspects of this history is how hard it was to create televised debates between the presidential candidates, precisely because of rules intended to prevent the power of the new medium being exploited for partisan advantage We get a wonderf [...]

    2. This was a pretty good overview of the Commission on Presidential Debates and the history of presidential debates in the United States Minow addresses some of the criticisms that the CPD has faced in recent years with regard to transparency and inclusion of third party candidates However, he does not go far enough in establishing new and better rules for inclusion, stating that the existing rules are adequate If the existing rules were adequate, then we would have seen greater third party partic [...]

    3. A fascinating look into how the presidential debates began There are clear lines between various sides and stories of everything, but beyond that there is a great story here, one of detail and curiosity It is well thought out and designed as well.

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