All the Truth Is Out

All the Truth Is Out

The Week Politics Went Tabloid

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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"The former chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine brilliantly revisits the Gary Hart affair and looks at how it changed forever the intersection of American media and politics. In 1987, Gary Hart--articulate, dashing, refreshingly progressive--seemed a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination for president and led George H.W. Bush comfortably in the polls. And then: rumors of marital infidelity, an indelible photo of Hart and a model snapped near a fatefully named yacht (Monkey Business), and it all came crashing down in a blaze of flashbulbs, the birth of 24-hour news cycles, tabloid speculation, and late-night farce. Matt Bai shows how the Hart affair marked a crucial turning point in the ethos of political media--and, by extension, politics itself--when candidates' 'character' began to draw more fixation than their political experience. Bai offers a poignant, highly original, and news-making reappraisal of Hart's fall from grace (and overlooked political legacy) as he makes the compelling case that this was the moment when the paradigm shifted--private lives became public, news became entertainment, and politics became the stuff of Page Six"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307273383
0307273385
Branch Call Number: 328.73092 HART-B
Characteristics: xv, 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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emmakaye
May 10, 2016

I would not recommend this to you if you have had a wandering spouse. Matt Bai takes it as a given that the problems of today's politics can be traced to - not the fact that a politician was unfaithful - but to the fact that it made news. Very disappointing.

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StarGladiator
Dec 06, 2014

Quote from the description: /// Matt Bai shows how the Hart affair marked a crucial turning point in the ethos of political media ...\\\

Ahh....no, he doesn't. Book is total bullcrap, exactly what thinking people have come to expect from all these so-called self-described journalists! Wasn't there a clown named Sen. "diaper-boy" Vitter who responded on CNN to President Obama's latest executive order? Wasn't that same senator on the D.C. Madam's client list [the very same madam who supposedly died by suicide]? Known for his diaper-boy play with the escort ladies? The Hart affair changed nothing. What a reframing of reality!

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athena14
Dec 06, 2014

Fascinating history, marred a bit by Bai's all-too-evident hero worship of Gary Hart.

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