He Made Us Understand The Importance Of Television.
John F Kennedy was a handsome man. Richard Nixon wasn’t exactly hideous, but frail from a recent hospital stay and unwilling to wear makeup, he couldn’t possibly compete with JFK. And that’s what seventy million people found out in 1960 when the first televised debate was beamed across the country. The difference between the two men was jarring, and while we’ll never know how much it may have affected the overall race, it certainly taught everyone just how much television can change our perceptions of people.

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