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President Hollywood

Jonathan Freedland shows how 2008's race for the White House was run before on 'The West Wing', and argues that the relationship between on-screen art and political life isn't new.

Jonathan Freedland reveals how 2008's dramatic race for the White House was run before on 'The West Wing'. The TV series held an election between a charismatic, non-white Democrat called Matt Santos and an appealing, experienced Republican Arnold Vinick; two candidates remarkably similar to Barack Obama and John McCain.

Freedland argues that the relationship between on-screen art and political life is nothing new. Both Hollywood and Washington have been exerting their power and influence over the image of the presidency for nearly a century.

This programme was originally broadcast in September 2008, before the US election.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 21 Jan 2009 00:10

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jonathan Freedland
Director Janette Ballard
Producer Janette Ballard

Broadcasts

  • Mon 15 Sep 2008 21:00
  • Tue 16 Sep 2008 00:55
  • Tue 16 Sep 2008 03:25
  • Sun 21 Sep 2008 23:00
  • Mon 22 Sep 2008 02:20
  • Mon 6 Oct 2008 23:30
  • Mon 19 Jan 2009 23:30
  • Tue 20 Jan 2009 23:40
  • Wed 21 Jan 2009 00:10