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Electronic Politics (Part II) #295738

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 07, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Des Moines, Iowa) Importance of television to president cands. examined; films shown. [George McGOVERN - explains TV's molding of political cands.] Recent Iowa farm debate cited as example [McGOVERN - suggests selling farm and buying bomb shelter if Reagan's reelected] ABC News' coverage of that remark shown. [PBS spokesperson Robert MacNEIL - fears television presents too simplistic view of cand.] [In New Hampshire recently, John GLENN and Walter MONDALE - shout at each other.] CBS coverage of New Hampshire debate shown. [Jody POWELL - notes television audiences viewing New Hampshire debate coverage weren't told what Glenn and Mondale were arguing about.] [CBS News president Edward JOYCE - cites nature of prime-time news.] [Pol. columnist Mark SHIELDS - characterizes many local news reporters] [MacNEIL - feels assuming information about pols. and aspirin can both be absorbed at same rate is mistake.] [Republican campaign consultant David KEANE - notes Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter all came across on television as themselves despite their individual efforts to the contrary.] [JOYCE - doesn't believe television should be only source for info.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Morton, Bruce;
Rather, Dan

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