The role that television played in politics for the years 1952-68 is explored. Included: the first TV political ad (for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952); the 1960 John F. Kennedy-Richard Nixon debates; the Lyndon B. Johnson administration and Vietnam.
The role that television coverage played in presidential politics from 1997 through 2000, including the second Clinton administration and the 2000 race, is explored. Included: the Monica Lewinsky scandal; remarks from presidential press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Mike McCurry, GOP strategists Mark McKinnon and Karl Rove, Democratic strategists Tad Devine and Robert Shrum, former Clinton advisers Lanny Davis and Dick Morris, and former secretary of state James A. Baker III.
The relationship between the Presidency and the media is charted through the administration of Ronald Reagan and the election of George Bush in 1988. Interviewees include Newt Gingrich, James Baker, Brit Hume, Geraldine Ferraro, Mario Cuomo and Michael Dukakis.
The impact of TV on the Presidency is explored from the years 1972-1981. Included: Richard Nixon's campaign for re-election and visit to China; Watergate; Jimmy Carter and the Iran hostage crisis; the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. Theodore White narrates. Hosted by Tony White.