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Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future

Newton N. Minow and Craig L. LaMay

Abstract

Newton Minow's long engagement with the world of television began nearly fifty years ago when President John F. Kennedy appointed him chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. As its head, Minow would famously dub TV a “vast wasteland,” thus inaugurating a career dedicated to reforming television to better serve the public interest. Since then, he has been chairman of PBS and on the board of CBS and elsewhere, but his most lasting contribution remains his leadership on televised presidential debates. He was assistant counsel to Illinois governor Adlai E. Stevenson when Stevenson first ... More

Keywords: Newton Minow, television, John F. Kennedy, Federal Communications Commission, televised presidential debates, Adlai E. Stevenson, electoral politics, public interest, Commission on Presidential Debates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226530413
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226530390.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Newton N. Minow, author

Craig L. LaMay, author