Synopses & Reviews
This is a behind-the-scenes look at news coverage of political scandals in America. It analyzes what gets reported, what doesn't and why. The political costs of scandals are mounting, with disaffected voters, discouraged candidates and a news corp distracted from looking at policy issues and debate. The forces driving attack journalism have as much to do with influencing voters and candidates as they do with what the press is organized to report.
The line dividing public life and private behavior in American politics is more blurred than ever. When it comes to questions about sex, substance abuse, and family life, anything goes on the political desk in many newsrooms, including uncorroborated hearsay disguised as news. Peepshow looks behind the scenes at news coverage of political scandals, analyzing what gets reported, what doesn't, and why. The authors talk with top news editors to get a fix on what will make the evening news and what we're likely to read about in the next campaign season.