If there has been a better two hours on television in recent memory, I can't imagine
what it might be. I have lived in this country for over thirty years and for me it
was a mesmerizing look at the country using the candidates as a vehicle. The
insight into their personalities, personal and political, against the landscapes of
Kansas and Arkansas, was amazing. I am a brand new American citizen, excited at
the prospect of voting for the first time and fascinated by every aspect of the
American political process. I taped the show and look forward to viewing it again.
FRONTLINE, in my opinion, epitomizes television at its very best, but you have
outdone yourselves. WELL DONE!
The personal histories of the candidates were excellent, but drugstore psychology
from a photographer is absurd. An actor telling us what Clinton is thinking when
he narrows his eyes made me wonder if this guy also, ìreadsî tea leaves?
The time would have been used better by trying to inform the American voter that
politicians say what they feel they must to get elected and shouldn't be faulted
for it. It comes with the territory.
What counts, is not what politicians say, but what they do, stupid.
Culver City, CA
I am writing to express my complete satisfaction with your program
of October 8: The Choice. As a conservative (and I might add
a black American), I typically view such programs with a critical-eye;
however, in this case I was pleasantly surprised with the even-handedness
and depth of analysis.
I have enjoyed your programming in the past and look forward to upcoming programs.
Keep up the good work!
I was very disappointed with last night's program on the two candidates.
I have always regarded Frontline as the best investigative series in
television, but the one last night sounded like it had been scripted by
the same group that put on the Republican convention. It also exuded
postmodern poop in place of real reporting. The metaphorical contrast
between Russell and Hot Springs, Maybury vs. Gomorrah, was not only not
informative, but was outrageously simplistic and distorted. I grew up in
Kansas, a place with no shortage of bigotry, hypocrisy, meanness, and
vice. Bob Dole's mother was a saintly woman who waxed her waste baskets;
Bill Clinton's mother was a floozy who wore tube tops and frequented the
racetrack. Give me a break. Perhaps the worst part had to do with war
records. Bob Dole has wrung far more out of his than the facts deserve,
something I thought you at least would point out. He was nearly 22 years
old in 1945, when he joined the war in the waning weeks. I have read in
obscure places that he had a student deferment he fought to preserve, and
only went when he ran out of ways to avoid it. Not unlike Bill Clinton,
who at least opposed the war he sought to avoid, and managed to do so by
the luck of the draw.
If this is what the new season of Frontline portends, I might as well
watch PrimeTime Live.
Bravo for you, PBS, for having an informative, interesting and down-to-earth look
at the candidates and their personal lives, beliefs, backgrounds, gifts, both good
It was refreshing, especially, with the debates seemingly empty except for the
I found myself looking for you to show a bias toward one candidate or the other, but
did not feel
you were trying to persuade be one way or the other. You allowed me to like
something special about
them both and respect them, even with their faults. Thank you.
The Frontline show I saw last night purporting to explore
the character of Bob Dole and Bill Clinton represented all
the worst aspects of political reporting. It made use of a
maddening Rosebud/ Citzen Kane style of reporting grasping on to
facile, empty psychological insights. "It's their eyebrows!
No wait, its the land they came from! No wait, its Rosebud!"
This show was about as empty as you imply that Dole and
Clinton are. How about doing some serious reporting again?
St. Paul, MN
The Frontline program of October 8 was on of the best I have seen to date. It
offered much insight to the character and core of both Bill
Clinton and Bob Dole. As a male I don't like to admit it but I was moved to
several times by the stories of Bob Dole. The information about Bill Clinton
reinforced my suspicions of him.
I am now stornger in my support for Bob Dole and understand
what a great American he is.
While I've always been impressed with the quality of Frontline's journalism, the
biographes on Clinton and Dole were truly exceptional in their objectivity, insights
courageousness in revealing the truth. Your ability to see past the superficialities
example which the conventional news media should follow.
You performed a valuable public service with this program. I hope you air it again.
Thanks for the great documentary on Clinton and Dole. I was
especially impressed with the lack of bias. The show was a
real help for the voters. GREAT WORK!!!
My wife & I had been so disappointed in the superficiality
of the debates that we did not have much hope for your program. We were very
pleasantly surprised at the depth of Frontline. But it is frightening to see
how far both cantidates have strayed from their essential selves and become
simply vision-less vote-getting machines. But it is our level of
consciousness as a people that attracts theirs. God help us!
Thanks so much for the informative, insightful analysis of
the two major presidential candidates presented in "The
Choice '96" on Frontline. Where the commercial television
networks offer only scraps of soundbites and shallow
commentaries, PBS serves up a rich feast of balanced
facts and reasoned opinions. You are a godsend to an
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