Four More Years

Unhappy days of national political conventions are here again, with the political parties and TV networks colluding to numb us with uninspired exercises in sound bite democracy. There is another dimension to these quadrennial affairs, but it takes a guerrilla mentality to capture it — as the TVTV gang of counterculture video enthusiasts did in this assault on the 1972 Republican National Convention that nominated Richard Nixon for a second term. Forgoing the networks’ stale brew of on-air ”personalities,” intrusive commentary, and overly scripted segmentation, TVTV would let its cameras wander, listening to participants speak with unfiltered clarity: Nixon daughters Tricia and Julie try to get a handle on the simplest issues, anti-Vietnam activist Ron Kovic leads a dramatic war protest (later duplicated in Born on the Fourth of July), delegates react to the antiwar demonstrations like Third World colonists under siege, and network newspeople pontificate on why they don’t get the kinds of good stories that TVTV, in fact, is getting. Part ’70s time capsule, part political satire, Four More Years (Nixon’s campaign slogan) represents a landslide victory for creative news coverage. A-

Four More Years
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