What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect
Revised and Updated 4th Edition
Co-authored with Bill Kovach
The year Bill Clinton was elected marked a turning point in politics. The three broadcast television networks lost their hegemony over presidential campaigns. A billionaire announced his candidacy on a cable call-in show. Talk radio became a force. Clinton went on MTV to talk about his underwear. The presidential debates turned to voters rather than journalists for the first time to ask the candidates questions.
The roots of 21st century politics can be found in the pivot moment of the 1992 campaign more than any other. Strange Bedfellows tells the story of that tumultuous year from inside the media and the campaigns, with a particular view inside one network, thanks to an agreement between the author and ABC News, then the dominant television news source in America, for complete access for the duration of the race.