Campaign dirt alone not enough to bury a candidate

Ciccone, F. Richard
April 2004
Crain's Chicago Business;4/5/2004, Vol. 27 Issue 14, p11
In American history, there have been occasions when the media dealt with the public's right to know in a thoughtful, fair fashion. At other times, there's been a feeding frenzy. Gatekeepers — editors and producers who once prevented zealous reporters from divulging the most private of personal flaws because they didn't believe the public needed to know about them — don't exist in chat rooms. American societal mores and public appetites have bounced back and forth over the nation's electoral history. For stronger candidates have had their campaigns collapse, ostensibly as the result of a faux pas, but in reality because there was an underlying wariness about them.


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