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IMAGE: FRESH LINKS - American Candidate (Showtime) - edited by BOKE
24 JUNE 2004 - RELATED CONTEXT -
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW (BLOG)

Television Industry Debates
Which Viewers Count How is watching television like voting
in a Florida election? Henry Jenkins
reflects on the flaws of Nielsen's
audience measuring system--and the
social consequences.
NOTE: FOR THE LATEST "AMERICAN CANDIDATE" NEWS BRIEF "NOISE"/SURFACE FLOWS,
SEE ALSO: (DURING FILMING PHASE, "NEWS BRIEFS" IS [WAS] THE HOT SPOT ON THIS SITE)

   BOKE / American Candidate NEWS BRIEFS (FILMING PHASE IS COMPLETE)
ALSO SEE: American Candidate: The AmCan Sham BLOG


THIS PAGE IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED
BOTTOM LINE: 'Twas (sadly) total BULLSHIT.
"CLEAREST EYED" REVIEW: Brian Lowry, Variety, 7/29/04

20 AUGUST 2004 - R.K. SHULL's MAILBAG - INDIANAPOLIS STAR
'Candidate' just a show

EXCERPT
Dear R.K. Shull: I was hoping "American Candidate" on Showtime would produce
a real worthwhile politician. It's just another contest reality game. -- L.R.T.

Dear Reader: Hey, it's only a TV show, not the elixir of life

20 AUGUST 2004 - CHRIS GRAHAM - AUGUST FREE PRESS
EXCERPT:

In the end, the 10 finalists were more representative of the world of the pols
than anything resembling Middle America - the list includes former aides from
the Reagan and Clinton administrations and Chrissy Gephardt, the daughter of
congressman and former Democratic presidential contender Dick Gephardt.

But hey, it's reality TV.

So really, what did you expect?


American Candidate EPISODE #2 VIEWERS:  42,000

American Candidate EPISODE #1 VIEWERS: 128,000


1 AUGUST 2004 - BROADCAST OF American Candidate EPISODE #1
REVIEWS BY JOURNALISTS/CRITICS WHO'VE SEEN EPISODE 1

(NOTES IN PROGRESS: There is much more to "making sense"
of this reality series than visiting a list of links)

7/28/04 - Bill Keveney - USA TODAY -
Turned off by 2 presidential choices? Try these 10
7/29/04 - Rhonda Stewart - BOSTON GLOBE -
It's Showtime for this eager 'Candidate'

7/29/04 - Brian Lowry - VARIETY -
American Candidate [Review]

"a cynical application of reality-show prosthetics
over a political skeleton."

7/30/04 - Larry Garron - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER -
American Candidate [Review]

"Perhaps, if Showtime and Cutler had marketed
the series as yet another reality game show
with some political overtones and not
tried to sell it as some noble experiment
in political science, we could enjoy it
for the pleasant diversion that it is."

7/30/04 - Virgina Heffernan - NEW YORK TIMES -
If Nominated, Will Serve

7/30/04 - Rob Owen - PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE via SHNS
(published in Naples Daily News) -
'American Candidate' is fun, but meaningless

"a potentially fascinating but ultimately fruitless journey."

7/30/04 - Ellen Gray - PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS -
Politics Meets 'Reality'

7/30/04 - Lynda Stasi - NEW YORK POST -
Losing the Bull

7/31/04 - Matthew Gilbert - BOSTON GLOBE STAFF -
'Candidate' is worthy of support

7/31/04 - Roger Catlin - HARTFORD COURANT -
`Candidate': Going Through Motions [short piece within longer list]

7/31/04 - Mark Washburn - CHARLOTTE OBSERVER -
TV loves reality shows, not reality



22 JULY 2004 - JENNIFER BARRET OZOLS / NEWSWEEK (MSNBC) INTERVIEWS CHRISSY GEPHARDT
BULLSHIT HEADLINE: "Politics Should Be for Everyone"
(Yeah, "everyone." Chrissy Gephardt, George Dubya Bush, Al Gore
... everyone born into a political dynasty {smile}}

EXCERPT:

[GEPHARDT] "it was reality TV. People are eliminated as if you were voting, but we are not voted on by the American public. It's the other candidates that vote you off. It'd be like having the Democratic [presidential] contenders voting off the other candidates. I don't know about that. There were times during the show when I'd say, "Wait, this is not how things are done, this isn't how politics work." But I had to keep reminding myself that I was on a reality show. At the end of the day, it is entertainment. If it was all politics, it'd be on CNN.

[JOURNALIST] Or C-Span.

[GEPHARDT] Right. It'd be boring.


{smile}

25[23] JULY 2004 NYNewsday.COM REPUBLISHES ARTICLE (VIA TRIBUNE SYNDICATION)
FROM 7/2 L.A. TIMES - "Survival Still the Game" about 6/29 "American Candidate" activities
in Washington DC ... Slightly updated ... with a new title ...

JOHANNA NEUMAN - The Politics of Reality TV (RE: 6/29/04)
EXCERPTS:
"Thousands applied to be the 'American Candidate'; 10 were chosen."
BOKE NOTE: The two phrases above, adjoined this way, constitutes BULLSHIT.
Approximately 422 people meaningfully "applied" in the sense of filling out the long application
questionnaire and making a somewhat complex video... and were then therefore given
"official" webpages on the American Candidate site (since deleted or hidden).
How the 10 were chosen is (almost completely) a separate matter. I.E., that semicolon
that sits between those two clauses needs to be about a mile wide. At least.

"TOOT POOT"
Keith Boykin
(after BOKE gets
through with him {smile}
ART ADJUSTED)
["CANDIDATE" QUOTE with JOURNALIST PARAPRHASES]
KEITH BOYKIN: "You know, there are two different schools of
thought around here about what this show is about," he says.
One school thinks "Candidate" is about showing how politics
actually works.
Another, which includes Boykin, holds that
the series is about "raising ideas and shaking up the system."

So "as long as I can say what I mean," he'll live with the handlers.

BOKE NOTE:
The "first school" (as paraphrased by the journalist) is basically correct.
BUT Keith Boykin - a well-connected, Harvard-Law, Clinton-advvisor,
fitting an interesting demographic profile (black/gay couple)....
who was cast without competing with anyone ... is just totally
full of BULLSHIT.
{smile/no joke} I would be delighted to vote for
a rhetorically competent gay man or woman with FRESH IDEAS.
"Toot Poot" (as I call him) Boykin is not... and has not. Not one.


FOUND GOOGLING 22 JULY 2004
AN OLD COMMENTARY ON THE COMING "American Candidate" SERIES
(from 11/23/02) WORTH REMEMBERING ... as we near the start of what came to be:

"And on the FX channel during the next two years, we're going to be able to watch a show called American Candidate. On this show, the contestants will compete to run for president, and the winner will actually run a serious campaign in 2004 for the presidency of the United States. Whether American Candidate turns out to be more Capra-esque or Fellini-esque, we'll have to wait and see. But I know I'm going to be watching.

In this 500-channel age, the TV world is metastasizing before our eyes into a complete parallel universe -- we're now citizens of Entertainment Nation. Proving once and for all, I guess, that "the business of America is show business." Which I think a president of the United States once said.

This is Kurt Andersen in Studio 360.

RELATED/REALITY TV VOTING (OLD LINK BUT "TIMELY")
23 APRIL 24 - LYNDA HOLMES - MSNBC -
Voting system stinks for 'American Idol'

[THE (fanatical) PEOPLE RUIN IT]

RELATED: INTERNATIONAL REALITY-TV/POLITICS
AUSTRALIA "VOTE FOR ME"

NOTE: 25 JULY 2004 - 6 CANDIDATES HAVE "WON" - AND WILL NOW RUN REAL CAMPAIGNS.

19 JULY - THE 16 'VOTE FOR ME' FINALISTS

3 JULY 2004 - AUSTRALIAN STYLE REALITY TV POLITICAL CANDIDATES
The power of Channel 7 (MURDOCH) .... "Vote for Me" ... Controversy ...
A panel of 3 judges will pick 3 finalists from each of Australia's
six states after viewing videotaped campaign pitches. THEN comes
text message votes via cell phone.

1 JULY 2004: VOTE FOR ME application deadline extended to July 6
(VIDEO ON PAGE)

VOTE FOR ME application form (pdf) (2 PAGES LONG)

ALJAZEERA commentary on 'Vote for Me' - "Reality TV Enters Politics"

12 JULY - BRIAN HARRIDINE - ONLINEOPINION.COM - "A television show is no substitute for the electoral process"
... an unelected media institution is about to circumvent this long upheld and valued process


GETTING THE HEADLINE RIGHT:
15 JULY 2004 - JENNIFER HARPER - WASHINGTON TIMES -
Prominent names vie for 'Candidate'


THE LIBERTARIAN ANGLE

IMAGE: Mack For Governor - A reaon to vote for a change

4 JULY 2004 - Utah Freedom Activist Newsletter

"The semi-official rumor I have is that Mack may run as a write-in candidate [for Governor] once the show has aired and his contract with Showtime is complete."

Libertarian Party Politics
Added by robert_carr on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 09:32 AM

Richard Mack filed for governor of Utah, running on the Libertarian Party ticket. I was immediately impressed. I sent money to his campaign, I volunteered to work on his campaign. I really believed this guy could make a difference in Utah. I've always agreed philosophically with the LP positions, just never thought they had a snowball's chance of being elected. This time felt different. The republican's originally fielded 8 candidtates, winnowed them down to 2 in the convention, then those 2 faced each other in a primary yesterday. Neither was inspiring. But Richard Mack could beat them. This is the Arizona Sheriff who challenged the feds and won in the USSC over the issue of Brady background checks. I was fired up.

Then he had to withdraw "for personal reasons." I was disappointed, but could accept that personal issues could force someone to bow out of a race for public office.

Then the traitors revealed what the compeling personal reason was. He decided to become a contestant on a TV reality show: The American Candidate. So much for values and principles.

Bob Carr
Layton Utah


24 JUNE 2004
KATHERINE BIELE - SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY

BOKE NOTE: AN INTERESTING/FUN-TO-PONDER LEGAL ANGLE: Did Showtime break the law in Utah by when it enticed Richard Mack to drop out of the Governor's race? On first glance a "silly" law might indeed have been broken. BUT how did that law get on the books? (MORE TO PONDER)


20 JUNE 2004 (OVERLOOKED/FROM 14 JUNE)

"Because of how imbalanced our political system is, there's a very good chance that Richard Mack could reach more people as a Libertarian candidate from Showtime's "American Candidate" show than LP nominee Michael Badnarik will be able to reach through a traditional third-party campaign. Only if he wins the prize, though. Otherwise, Badnarik will probably get more net exposure."

FROM: LANCE BROWN's BLOG (LIBERATARIAN)

16 JUNE 2004 (FROM 14 JUNE)
ANDY DENART's REALITY TV BLURRED -
Is American Candidate "A Sham"
NOTE: Links to "AmCam Sham" Blog

15 JUNE 2004 (OVERLOOKED FROM 11 JUNE 2004)
STEPHEN M. ALTHOUSE - THE ALLENTOWN NEWS
Althouse: 'Candidate' more fake than reality

BOKE NOTE: Not quite framing the "voting" issue right, but
here's an interesting (historical) analogy ... which I'll need
to ponder before saying more.

ALTHOUSE:"... Is it sour grapes
or is [American] Candidate like
Nixon's infamous "Checkers" speech?
"

15 JUNE 2004 - (SPECIAL) IN THE LULL ...
A PAUSE FOR CONTEXT/HISTORY
The Livingroom Candidate

WATCH THE TELEVISION COMMERCIALS FROM

THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS FROM 1952-1996 ...

and see what it tells you about politics

at the presidential level.

BOKE NOTE: Is it -- at all -- possible to simulate
"the nature" of a presidential campaign as
"American Candidate" claims to be doing?

IMPORTANT RELATED LINK (REALITY TV VOTING / AMERICAN IDOL FINALE)
WENDELL WITTLER - MSNBC - 26 MAY 04
American democracy meets American Idolatry
In reality shows today, it's all about the voting

10 JUNE 2004 - PRESS RELEASE - PATRICK CARDIN of birddogger.org
'American Candidate' Reality-TV Show is Too Much Like the Real Thing

7-13 JUNE 2004 - THE (SLOW) REVELATION
OF THE 12 10 American Candidate "FINALISTS"
The names are dribbling out one by one ... easily findable via Google News
so I won't dump all those "surface" stories here on the FRESHLINKS page.
A QUICK LIST OF MEDIA-ANNOUNCED FINALISTS (SO FAR) ARE:
1. Bruce Friedrich, 2. Bob Vanech, 3. Joyce Riley, 4. Keith Boykin, 5. Richard Mack,
6. Lisa Witter, 7. Chrissy Gephardt, 8. Malia Lazu 9. Park Gillespie 10. Jim Strock
SCROLL BOKE's MAIN ACS PAGE FOR SOME MORE INFO
THE BOTTOM LINE ON THESE "FINALISTS" CASTING SELECTIONS ... is they
(nearly all?) * (I'm still looking for one that actually applied... without putting
a billboard across the street from the producer's office {smile})
were NOT* picked
from those who submitted the labor-intensive applications. They were
chosen ... just as they would have been if all the hundreds hadn't been
told they had a shot. The labor of the others was to be window dressing
-- to create the illusion there was a real search beyond the usual suspects.
That is vile. And will be addresed later... in great depth. {serious smile}

NOTE: To understand the quotes around "FINALIST" (i.e., why using that word
to describe the 12 10 casting selections is BULLSHIT)
see the BLOG-LINK below:

BLOG-LINK:
American Candidate CASTING COMMENTARY:
"The AmCan Sham"

4 JUNE 2004 - RON LEMMON / REALITY TV CALENDAR
- American Candidate: Politics As Usual
BOTTOM LINE EXCERPT:
"Too bad, it could have been real."

BOKE NOTE: There is too much wrong in the ongoing analysis there,
so I have removed the link to this site. If the confusion clears, I'll put
the link back. {smile} But that one phrase, I love that. Amen, to that.
RULE ONE (in a world of more info than you need): Grab the good. Ignore the noise.

3 JUNE 2004 - USA TODAY (BRIEF DESCRIPTION)

American Candidate (Showtime, Aug. 1, Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
"Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler (The War Room)
brings together contestants to find the one most qualified
to become the president of the United States."

(BOKE NOTE: Worth noting the "normal" media "take." I.E. BULLSHIT {smile})

2 JUNE 2004 - SAN FRANCISCO - MATT SMITH (SFWEEKLY) -
The new reality TV show American Candidate is as rigged as a Florida election.
A recount won't help. [Stop the bullshit] We need a boycott.

(NOTE: FRAMES THE "SUPPORT BUTTON" ISSUE CORRECTLY,
even if that sounds like it doesn't. {smile})

1 JUNE 2004 - ASIA -
American Idol: Democracy explored and exposed

While Zuraidah Ibrahim in "The Straits Times" (SINGAPORE SECTION) only directly links
the ideas to "American Candidate" in the last sentences... READ THIS ONE.
THIS IS THE KIND OF JOURNALISM WE'RE LOOKING FOR. INSIGHT NOT REHASH.

NOTE: "The Straits Times" / "BEST IN NEWSPAPER DESIGN IN ASIA"

22 MAY 2004 - It's time for another wave of hype and lesser bullshit {smile}
... and so BOKE will turn his attention back to seeing if there's anything worth
your readin' it. Pay no attention to any foolishness FRAMED AS: "online voting fraud"
in connection with "American Candidate (Showtime)" -- any journalists spreading
that idea are not worth a dime. Yep, a lot of wooden-nickel "journalists" out there
to waste the time of your life. Don't let 'em. LATER/SOON (MORE ABOUT "SUPPORT" BUTTON)

(SCROLL DOWN FOR PREVIOUS LINKS / PAGE DESIGN IN TRANSITION)
(NOTE: ONE ISSUE IS WHAT TO DO ABOUT ARTICLES THAT REQUIRE PAID SUBSCRIPTION)

FRESH LINKS - American Candidate (Showtime) - edited by BOKE


30 MARCH 2004
DAVID AARONOVITCH

Guardian Unlimited

"Political
Pop Idol?
It doesn't
get my vote"

There's a lot of junk [e.g., "link farms," etc] that come up in search results, so ...

THE LINKS BELOW have been verified as "fresh" [no junk]
-- and only related to american candidate (SHOWTIME) 2004
(WITH EXCEPTIONS FOR SOME EARLIER WRITING IF STILL "GOOD & USEFUL")

17 MARCH 2004 (ADJUSTMENT):
The "American Candidate" PROJECT has "evolved" over time ... and ...

... "the story" of how it becomes whatever it's becoming is ... um ...

... part of the chaos equation. {serious smile} I.E., tyler suggested we

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(NEW/SPECIAL SECTION)
GLOBAL CONTEXT - UPDATE: 30 MARCH 04

reality-tv political candidates

... AROUND THE WORLD (significance?)

(american candidate  (SHOWTIME)  exists within this frame)

INITIAL GLOBAL ARTICLE SET
ARGENTINA - "The People's Candidate" (BBC)
(2) ON THE MEDIA (NPR)

UK - ["I Want Your Vote" ?] (OBSERVER)
    (2) (GUARDIAN)

30 MARCH 2004 - DAVID AARONOVITCH
EXCERPTS:

Each spring, as perennial as the tulip, a story appears claiming that ITV
is planning a political version of Pop Idol. ...

This time the programme-makers are (according to the spokesthing)
determined to find a candidate "credible enough to stand a genuine
chance of winning a seat"
. To that end they will perform various tasks
in front of a panel ...

The show's deviser, Stephen Leahy, envisaged preliminary auditions
in which candidates would make a three-minute presentation to "sell
themselves and their own manifesto to the panel". "If," continued
Leahy, "they can't hold the interest of the panel, they simply won't
make the grade." ...

As it happens, next week will see the first stages of America's own
Vote For Me, to be shown on the Showtime channel and entitled
American Candidate ... [MORE!]


NOTE: MOST OF THE VISITORS TO THESE "AMERICAN CANDIDATE" PAGES ARE
OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. MANY IN CHINA...

QUESTION CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION:
NOTE: ARTICLES IN THIS BLOCK ARE IN SPANISH
(NOTE: MACHINE TRANSLATION: www.babelfish.altavista.com or www.worldlingo.com)

What happened during/after Argentina's 2002
"The People's Candidate"?

El candidato de la gente
PHOTOS of TRY-OUTS
"...will be chosen by a group of recognized journalists."


The Television Also Votes "... a hurt hybrid of death ..."

THE 16 (ARGENTINE) PARTICIPANTS

(A TWIST IN THE STORY!)

REPORT by the winner Juan Seliman:

... effort and dedication so that we could present
this worthy option to the society in these elections.
The 38 POLITICAL PARTIES
in Election for Buenos Aires City Government Aug 2003
CRITICA (COMMENTARY/CRITICISM) La Nacion
"... here it is the policy [that it] is
put under and subordinated to the
more and more strict rules of reality show.

Not by chance the 16 "finalists" seem to respond
to the same logic ..."

[THIS PAGE WAS CREATED ON : 2/15/04]

american candidate  (SHOWTIME) 

OFFICIAL SITES

Showtime - American Candidate [OFFICIAL SITE]
Showtime - American Candidate - APPLICATION [OFFICIAL SITE]
(APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS 9 APRIL 2004 - GOOD FRIDAY - BIRTHDAY OF THE MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR WUNDER)
(JULY 2004 FOLLOW-UP NOTE: OFFICIAL APPLICATION DOWNLOAD NO LONGER ON LINE.)

Showtime - American Candidate - MESSAGE BOARDS [OFFICIAL SITE]
Showtime - American Candidate - THE CANDIDATES [OFFICIAL SITE]
(JULY 2004 FOLLOW-UP NOTE: ALL "CANDIDATES" DELETED EXCEPT FOR THE CAST)

(APPLYING) CANDIDATES
LINK TO: ONLINE APPLICATION
(IF YOU HAVE AN ONLINE APPLICATION, EMAIL
LINK TO: candidate-zero@boke.org.uk)

1 JUNE 2004 - To the best of my knowledge,
these were the only two candidates who put
their answers to their "American Candidate"
application questionnaire on the Internet"
at the beginning of the process.

BOKE's application "no boundaries NO BULLSHIT"

INFORMATION BELOW NO LONGER ON WEB

CRAigX "X marks the spot."
      HIS VIDEO (Windows Media)
   [NOTE: VIDEO BY PR EXPERTS]

SIGNIFICANT PRESS / ATTENTIVE JOURNALISTS
[NOT JUST REGURGITATION OF PRESS RELEASE]

American Candidate (SHOWTIME) ARTICLES/MEDIA

07 DEC 2003 - SIOBHAN MCDONOUGH (FOR AP -> THE SEATTLE TIMES)

9 JAN 2004 - JIM RUTENBERG (NEW YORK TIMES)
EXCERPTS:

. . . He said he expected at least 10,000 applicants. . .

Producers and network executives, with advice from a bipartisan
panel of political experts, will narrow the field to 12 contestants.

[BOKE: AND ONLY THEN -- HMMM... JUST LIKE IN OUR "REAL" FAUX DEMOCRACY]
Viewers will vote each week -- via the Internet and telephone -- to
eliminate at least one candidate until one remains. ....

[BOKE REALITY CHECK: TELEVISION RULES BOUND THIS PROCESS. FINE.
BUT LET US SAY SO. CLEARLY. AND LET THE SELECTION PROCESS BE
OPEN TO VIEW. PERHAPS "WE, THE PEOPLE" WOULD DISAGREE WITH
"ELITE CRITERIA" ... THE TWELVE SELECTED DETERMINE THE GAME.
HOPEFULLY THAT WILL YIELD A GOOD GAME. BUT DON'T CALL IT
DEMOCRACY. CALL IT ... GOOD TELEVISION. {smile}]

Contestants would not have much, if any, time to get on state ballots,
and would have to run as write-in candidates ...
[ENOUGH BULLSHIT. {smile}
THERE ARE NO PRESENT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HERE. SAYING THERE ARE
CONSTRAINS THE GAME TO THE SAME OL' SHIT. LET A NEW GAME BEGIN.]

12 JAN 2004 - AARON BARNHART (KANSAS CITY STAR)

13 JAN 2004 - HENRY JENKINS (DAILY WEBLOG -
TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: MIT'S MAGAZINE OF INNOVATION)

30 JAN 2004 - BOB GARFIELD (NPR/RADIO) ON THE MEDIA
"PRIMETIME PRIMARY" INTERVIEW WITH RJ CUTLER REALPLAYER AUDIO
EXCERPT:

R. J. CUTLER:
We want everybody who tunes in to the show to have somebody whose
vision resonates with them and excites them, so we will put together a
diverse group and introduce them to the viewing public this summer.

And then the process will begin, and our candidates will crisscross
the country. Each week we'll be in a different town.

The process will begin as a retail process where the emphasis is on
going door to door and meeting people and caucus-like events,

and as the weeks go on and the field is narrowed, the process will be
more of a wholesale process, and the emphasis will be more on
media and advertising and large-scale debates.

The candidates on our show will have access to seasoned political
strategists.
They'll have access to opposition research, research on
themselves. At a certain point they'll have to choose a running mate.

In every way our goal is to emulate what happens in an actual
presidential campaign.

06 FEB 2004 - JACK WAGMAN (ST LOUIS TODAY)
[BOKE "SUMMARY" {smile}]

Walmart-working Harvard Law graduate to give up school board for
American Candidate. (The cleverly sharpened resumes are on the
move! Stand back, or get a paper cut.{ewg})

16 MAR 2004 - CRAIG BOERNER (NASHVILLE CITY PAPER ONLINE)
EXCERPT:

... the show's Southern Region Outreach Director Adam Dread.

Dread, also a Metro Councilman-at-Large, is one of only
a handful of scouts hired nationwide by Actual Reality
Television to find candidates.

PRE-SHOWTIME ARTICLES/MEDIA
("OLD" BUT STILL WORTH READING)

20 SEPT 2002 - ANDREW R. CLINE (RHETORICA PRESS-POLITICS JOURNAL)
BLOG EXCERPT:

In my rhetoric classes, I'll mention statements such as these and then
ask the students: "What do we call this?" And they'll sit there wracking
their brains trying to come up with the proper rhetorical term.

That's when I write slowly on the board: B U L L S H I T. That's what you call it.

22 SEPT 2002 - ED HELMORE - Guardian Unlimited
EXCERPTS:

In the hunt for untapped political leaders, a panel of semi-celebrities
will assess a pool of applicants

...
Cutler said American Candidate had a serious point - that after decades of
political candidates who were a little more than puppets to greater interests,
the show would test the true openness of US democracy.

[BOKE COMMENT] {smile}

PRE-SHOWIME (2002) DISCUSSION ON MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO
(PDF) 26 SEPT 2002 - DAVID BRANCACCIO INTERVIEWS MARTIN KAPLIN
[USC Annengberg] MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO TRANSCRIPT AT USC]

17 FEB 2003 - JAYSON GAY
EXCERPT:

... "There's a huge simulation where we wake them up in the middle of the night..."

Mr. Cutler stopped himself. "Actually I'm sorry I said that without asking
you beforehand not to tell anybody. Cat's out of the bag."

It wasn't clear if he was hamming it up a bit for drama, but Mr. Cutler continued.

"We'll wake them up in the middle of the night and drive them to a mountain retreat
somewhere, where they are suddenly the President, and everyone will treat them
like the President. There will be a national crisis going on, all that stuff." ...

4 OCT 2002 - CHRIS RIGHT (POPpolitics.COM)
EXCERPTS:

Surprisingly, the United States wasn't the first country to propose such an idea.
A Buenos Aires television channel beat Murdoch by a couple of weeks
when, in early September, it announced the launch of The People's Candidate,
a reality TV show that will not only put its winner up as a congressional candidate
in 2003, but will also launch a new political party.

[*] After all, turning the U.S. presidential race into a long, contrived television
program would require fewer adjustments than one might think. Campaigns are
already so structured that, much like "reality TV," they are hardly "real" at all.

19 FEB 2003 - KATIE BIBER The Record - The Independent Newspaper at Harvard Law

(The Independent Newspaper at Harvard Law)