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Brilliant survey of the history and institutional problems of the modern press/political coverage. Sabato traces the rise of watchdog journalism as it became junkdog/wolfpack journalism. Using interviews with hundreds of journalists and case studies of key moments in the 1988 and 1992 elections, he ultimately derives a set of clear consequences (mistrust of media, discouragement of potential candidates, loss of electoral choice, illusion that all politicians are crooks) and reforms (make a clear...
Although written in the early 1990s this still holds up and is often omniscient about the state of the media and politics today.