Candidates, Issues, Horse Races, and Hoopla

  title={Candidates, Issues, Horse Races, and Hoopla},
  author={Lee Sigelman and D Bullock},
  journal={American Politics Research},
  pages={32 - 5}
The rise of television as Americans' primary news source has often been decried as a blight on representative democracy. In this article the authors outline three interpretations of media coverage of presidential campaigns. The authors dismiss the first of these (the "vast wasteland" interpretation) because it assumes, contrary to much existing evidence, that there is a fundamental difference between television and the print media in campaign coverage. The authors then undertake a content… 

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