By Larry J. Sabato, Mark Stencel, Robert S. Lichter
The road dividing public existence and personal habit in American politics is extra blurred than ever. in terms of questions on intercourse, substance abuse and kin lifestyles, whatever is going at the political table in lots of newsrooms, together with uncorroborated rumour disguised as information. yet a few tales nonetheless by no means make it into print or at the air. What are the foundations for politicians and newshounds within the aftermath of WashingtonOs greatest intercourse scandal? Peepshow seems backstage at information insurance of political scandals, reading what will get suggested, what doesnOt, and why. The authors speak with most sensible information editors to get a repair on what is going to make the night information and what weOre more likely to examine within the subsequent crusade season. the prices of todayOs politics-by-scandal are mounting, with disaffected electorate, discouraged applicants, and a information corps distracted from coverage matters and sizeable debate. however the forces riding Oattack journalismO have as a lot to do with citizens and applicants as they do with what the clicking is equipped to document. Peepshow bargains an alternate view of the prurient part of election assurance, supporting newsroom decision-makers and crusade managers see in the course of the inevitable scandals of election 12 months 2000 and achieve perception into offering a politics of public belief. CASE reviews comprise: _ South Carolina Governor David BeasleyOs denial of an unsubstantiated extramarital affair; _ Georgia gubernatorial candidate Mike Bowers' admitted affair along with his secretary; _ Reporting on rumors sparked by way of Texas Governor George W. BushOs admission that he used to be Oyoung and irresponsible;O _ Congressional affairs concerning Representatives Barr, Burton, Chenoweth, Hyde and Livingston; _ The divorces of Bob Dole and John McCain; _ The trip of Arizona Rep. Jim KolbeOs and the sexuality of alternative individuals of Congress and applicants; _ Mississippi Governor Kirk FordiceOs off-again, on-again divorce; _ insurance of Colorado Governor Roy RomerOs OaffectionateO dating with a most sensible aide and adviser. _ Speaker Newt GingrichOs courting with a Hill committee aide; _ insurance of as soon as and attainable first women and the kids of political figures, together with Chelsea Clinton and Sarah Gore; _ Reporting on unfounded rumors approximately consultant invoice PaxonOs retirement.
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In addition, voters hold candidates for different offices accountable for their actions to different degrees. Scrutiny ought to be greatest for presidential and vice presidential candidates, with few exceptions. Holding a candidate for county council or other lowlevel office to the same standards one might apply to a candidate for the White House is unfair and unrealistic. However, the potential for corruption among officeholders, elected or not, with direct power over schools, roads, or hundreds of state and local employees is often too easily overlooked by journalists 29 PEEPSHOW hunting for big game or worried about alienating local friends and sources.
The public's cynicism about political figures since Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 is shared by many of those who cover politics, creating a feedback loop in which journalistic skepticism and the public's distrust amplify and distort one another. " Other institutional changes have also affected journalistic attitudes about the private lives of political figures. The growing number of women in newsrooms over the past three decades, for instance, demolished old-boy networks that allowed reporters to wink and ignore certain behavior they observed among politicians, as they did among their colleagues.
That was the case with McCain's friend, former Senate majority leader Bob Dole, who faced questions about alleged infidelities after his abrupt 1972 divorce. After Dole won the 1996 GOP presidential nomination, a Washington-area woman confirmed to the Washington Post, Time magazine, and other publications that she had an extramarital affair with Dole that began several years before the breakup of his first marriage. Most news organizations did not report the information to readers and viewers until late in the election year, after the New York Daily News ran a story confirming the affair.
Peepshow: Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal by Larry J. Sabato, Mark Stencel, Robert S. Lichter