Press: Fighting the Last War

For pundits and anchormen, a night of surprises

"Beware the analyst who draws the moral before the tale is told. "

—CBS Commentator Bill Moyers on election night, 1982

The script might have been called "Seven Anchormen in Search of an Author. " The network news veterans who conveyed the results of 494 mid-term races last week were sure that the nation had spoken in unison, sending a clear, concise message to the White House. But the newscasters clashed bafflingly all night about what the message was. From the three networks came an erratic and sometimes...

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