The Control Room: How Television Calls the Shots in Presidential Elections

By: Plissner, Martin

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Martin Plissner was involved with CBS's political campaign coverage for three decades, covering every election since 1964. Now, drawing on his intimate knowledge of life inside the control room, he provides a lively and authoritative account of the ways television has transformed election politics in the United States over the past thirty-five years.

Blending personal anecdote with fascinating mini-histories, Plissner shows how virtually everything we associate with the presidential race today -- the primaries, the conventions, the debates, and even the candidates themselves -- largely reflect the networks' demand for television-friendly political drama capable of generating ratings. In sharing many insider stories, from how the networks invented the New Hampshire primary in 1964 to the secret negotiations that wedged Ross Perot into the 1992 debates, he sheds light on how the noble pursuit of a news story can end up becoming a story itself.

The Control Room creates a shocking picture of who really controls presidential politics in the information age.

Title: The Control Room: How Television Calls the Shots in Presidential Elections

Author Name: Plissner, Martin

Categories: Television, Politics,

Edition: First Edition.

Publisher: NY, Free Press (Simon & Schuster): 1999

ISBN Number: 068482731X

ISBN Number 13: 9780684827315

Binding: Cloth & Boards

Book Condition: Very Good +

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Seller ID: 002464

Description: 244 pp., notes, index. New, never read. No markings, slight bowing of dust jacket along edges. A former CBS News executive examines how network news coverage shapes and dominates presidential campaigns in America. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Keywords: ELECTIONS. POLITICS. MEDIA. TELEVISION. POLLS. CAMPAIGNS. NETWORKS. MARTIN PLISSNER.