Million Viewers Flock To Final Debate"
Post, Oct. 21, 1992; B01. By John Carmody
this television column, Carmody reported that more than
91 million people watched the final presidential debate
between Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Ross Perot. This
figure takes into account all three major networks, PBS,
CNN, and FOX.
Left-Out Libertarian: Andre Marrou: In the Running but Out
of the Debates"
Post, Oct. 19, 1992; B01. By Jonathan Freedland
article profiles Andre Marrou, who ran for president in
1992 as the Libertarian candidate. Like Ross Perot, the
Reform Party candidate who participated in the presidential
debates along with Clinton and Bush, Marrou was on the
ballot in all fifty states. Nonetheless, Marrou was excluded.
According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, this
decision was made because "only candidates who have a
serious chance of winning" were invited. As a Libertarian,
Marrou advocated "unfettered personal freedom and the
reduction of government" to minimum.
Debate Produced Relentlessly Substantive Exchange"
Post, Oct. 17, 1992; A11; By Howard Kurtz
author reviews the "first presidential debate ever to
use a town-meeting format," which occurred between Bill
Clinton, George Bush, and Ross Perot. This format featured
questions from ordinary citizens in the studio audience
rather than from a panel of professional journalists,
as had been the precedent. Kurtz notes that the format
resulted in an unusually "substantive" debate because
the audience members were not interested in the negative
protrayals of the candidates.
Demeanor Raises GOP Concern"
Post, Oct. 17, 1992; A01
Scores and Spinners: Pundits, Press Favor Pugilistic Metaphors
in Analyzing Data"
Post, Oct. 13, 1992; A10. By Howard Kurtz
this piece of commentary, Kurtz took a look at the language
of political pundits and spin doctors, noting that "[t]he
media debate that follows a presidential debate often
shapes perceptions of who 'won' and 'lost'." He cites
a number of "pundits," professional analysts of politics,
and "spindoctors," those political people who try to shape
the public's perceptions of a candidate. The problem,
Kurtz, is that substance loses out: "The debate was treated
as a sporting event, all clutch performances and instant
Big Picture? It's Debatable"
Post, Oct. 12, 1992; D01. By Tom Shales
Shales reviews the first presidential debate between Bill
Clinton, George Bush, and Ross Perot. Notes Shales, "George
Bush won by not losing. Bill Clinton lost by not winning.
And Ross Perot came through with the comic relief, sort
of like Gabby Hayes in an old Roy Rogers western." Overall,
Shales found the debate rather unspectacular, with none
of the candidates, with the possible exception of Perot,
proving to be particularly engaging.