Contributors: Oct. 21, 1996

RICHARD ZOGLIN primed himself for writing this week's cover story by immersing himself in news media: tabloids, broadsheets, news radio, talk radio, broadcast TV, cable TV, the Internet. Then, last Monday, he tried an experiment: from 7 a.m. until after midnight he did nothing but watch, read and listen to news, everywhere he could find it, about the presidential debate. "It was mind boggling. By the end of the day, my head was spinning," says Zoglin, a veteran press and TV critic whose 10 previous TIME cover subjects include David Letterman, Diane Sawyer and Bill Cosby. He also wrote about CNN...

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