Campaign That Was: Some Bright Spots

If the 1972 presidential campaigners did not cover themselves with glory, neither did the nation's press. With Nixon cloistered in the White House and McGovern on the defensive and increasingly shrill, there was little cogent dialogue to report or analyze. Instead of seeking out substantive issues, the press too often devoted itself to a running story on polls and predictions. Since these differed merely on the magnitude of Nixon's forthcoming victory, the campaign coverage never worked up even a small measure of suspense. There was...

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