NPR commentator, respected political expert, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, Kathleen Hall Jamieson answers questions about the current political scene and discusses politicians' broken promises, manipulation of the media, the effect of the Internet on campaigns, and more.
"Souds too much like an ad"
Confused because the conventional wisdom doesn't coincide with your view of the political world? Perhaps that's because the press and pundits have it wrong. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a noted expert on presidential politics, offers a guide through the welter of information surrounding political campaigns that will change the way you look at candidates and the media forever.
Was the 2000 presidential campaign merely a contest between Pinocchio and Dumbo? And did Dumbo miraculously turn into Abraham Lincoln after the events of September 11? In fact, Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman argue in The Press Effect, these stereotypes, while containing some elements of the truth, represent the failure of the press and the citizenry to engage the most important part of our political process in a critical fashion.