Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Such Lovely Footage

No President in recent history has been as successful as Ronald Reagan in the presentation of self. By now, with his actor's "naturalness" and with the superior technology available to him, Reagan has probably overtaken his role model, Franklin D. Roosevelt. This is appearance we are talking about, not substance, but in the age of TV and Reagan, appearance has just about superseded reality in political importance.

Reagan has just scored two propaganda triumphs. By excluding the press from the Grenada invasion, the Administration brought off a tidy military operation—without unsettling TV coverage of combat as it happened. Reagan's second triumph...

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