The boys on the bus

by Timothy Crouse

Other authorsHunter S. Thompson (Foreword)
Paperback, 2003




New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, [2003]


Cheap booze. Flying fleshpots. Lack of sleep. Endless spin. Lying pols. Just a few of the snares lying in wait for the reporters who covered the 1972 presidential election. Traveling with the press pack from the June primaries to the big night in November, Rolling Stone reporter Timothy Crouse hopscotched the country with both the Nixon and McGovern campaigns and witnessed the birth of modern campaign journalism. The Boys on the Bus is the raucous story of how American news got to be what it is today. With its verve, wit, and psychological acumen, it is a classic of American reporting.

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LibraryThing member mattrutherford
Although it was revelatory in its time, its pronouncements about the media seem self-evident today.
LibraryThing member whirled
Though many of the protagonists have long since faded from the public consciousness - if, indeed, they ever inhabited it - The Boys On The Bus provides an interesting insight into the roots of modern pack journalism. The fly-on-the-wall commentary on Ron Ziegler's obstructive, propagandistic White House press room is a particular highlight. A must-read for media and/or political junkies.… (more)
LibraryThing member carterchristian1
The next presidential election is over 2 years away, but the media are already starting their "road to the White House" coverage. It is a good time to look back on this classic coverage of the journalist who cover the campaigners. They have hardly changed, except that the number of institutions, print and nonprint employers will have shrunk. An entertaining read.… (more)
LibraryThing member EricCostello
Very interesting, if now very dated, look at how the media covers presidential campaigns. The focus in the book is on the 1972 presidential campaign (Nixon v. McGovern). The author believed that the media in general was a lot gentler on conservative Republicans than liberal Democrats, and that most newspapers were conservative and Republican in tone. Times, in many ways, have changed significantly. A vanishing ecosystem is described here; this may well have been the last presidential campaign where there were a significant number of afternoon newspapers covering the race; the author goes into a great deal of detail about the mechanics of filing stories. The book also predates, by about 6 years or so, the founding of CNN and the resulting "24/7" news cycle. I also got a sense that Watergate changed the way reporters cover both the presidency and elections, in that reporters now have a sense of game-changing power, whereas the author here shows how bleakly many reporters viewed their craft.… (more)



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