Press: A Tale of Two Conventions

How a newspaperman and a TV reporter covered the Democrats

He moved unobtrusively in the choked aisles on the floor of the Democratic Convention, greeting state party leaders by their first names, bantering easily with old friends, picking up nuggets of political information along the way. Having covered countless primaries in three campaigns, Curtis Wilkie of the Boston Globe seemed to have sources in every cranny of Madison Square Garden. After an hour he slipped quietly off the floor to write an authoritative story about how President Carter's operatives were pressuring wavering delegates. It...

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