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ERIC Number: ED159708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Press and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858.
Reilly, Tom
The Lincoln-Douglas debates were significant in the history of political journalism in that new ground was broken by reporters traveling extensively with candidates, making extensive use of shorthand to record campaign speeches, and fighting for the press rights to cover the events. Also, the press coverage preserved the candidates' debates on the crucial issues of the day which became part of the presidential campaign of 1860. The performance of the press in such key campaigns helped refine its role in modern political coverage. For the most part, political reporters and their papers reflected a particular political bias. Innovative exceptions in debate coverage were the objective reporting of entire debates and the reporting of both candidates' activities by one newspaper. The growing influence of press coverage is indicated by the fact that at least one speech was delayed by waiting for a reporter to get to his place. The coverage gave the relatively unknown Lincoln national exposure which partially allowed his presidential victory two years later over the previously better-known Douglas. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A