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The process of “spin control” captured the attention of campaign staffs and the news media during the 1988 presidential election. However, communication scholars have yet to critically examine the practice. This article initially presents a taxonomy of such partisan commentary, then illustrates...
While mediated reaction to presidential debates assumes many forms, one dominant strain of commentary involves the declaration of “who won.” While there is no shortage of opinion about the utility of the press's interest in picking debate winners, we have little understanding of the kinds of...
Since the first presidential debate in 1960, scholars and journalists have criticized the debates by arguing that deficient formats have resulted in little clash or “real debate.” This essay examines the level of clash in the 1988 presidential debates through use of content analysis. It also...
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