Prize-winning reporter Robert Shogan draws on the lessons of nine presidential elections to show where the press goes wrong in the making of the president. The media, Mr. Shogan argues, now play the role of enablers. Without fully realizing it, they allow and abet the abuse of the political process by the candidates and their handlers. "Shogan has got it right...Bad News is a wake-up call for journalists everywhere."-Sam Donaldson, ABC News. "If there is such a thing as a good book about 'bad news,' this is it."-David S. Broder, Washington Post.
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Robert Shogan has reported on presidential politics for more than thirty years, first for Newsweek, then as national political correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, based in Washington. His work has won the Scribes Book Award and the American Political Science Association prize for distinguished reporting of public affairs. His other books include The Double-Edged Sword, The Fate of the Union, Hard Bargain, and Riddle of Power. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
A tough, perceptive, and eminently readable account...absolutely essential. -- Charles Peters Washington Monthly This sets the sad story straight...an institution that has grown in power and yet lost its moorings in a riptide of hucksterism and handlers. -- Howard Fineman Newsweek Shogan has got it right. This book is a wake-up call for journalists everywhere. -- Sam Donaldson, ABC News The best book I've read on how political reporters think and work since Tomothy Crouse's The Boys on the Bus. Actually, I wish Shogan had not written this...it cuts a little too close to the bone. -- Richard Reeves, author of President Kennedy: Profile of Power If there is such a thing as a good book about 'bad news,' this is it. -- David S. Broder The Review of Higher Education