October 21, 2008

Ghost Writers on the Storm

I don’t think the American people want politics and the presidency to become the plaything of the high-pressure men, of the ghostwriters, of the public relations men. I think they will be shocked by such contempt for the intelligence of the American people. This isn’t soap opera, this isn’t Ivory Soap versus Palmolive."
Adlai Stevenson in 1952, after seeing a TV ad (the first of its kind!) by Dwight Eisenhower. (Four years later, Stevenson's campaign would also use them.) Above, Stevenson arrives at the 1952 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Photo from the Library of Congress.

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