TITLE

Virtually Normal

AUTHOR(S)
Cottle, Michelle
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;3/17/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 10, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Focuses on the United States Senatorial aspirations of television talk show host Jerry Springer. He has been charged with corrupting America's youth, dragging cultural standards to new lows, exploiting the poor and the stupid, promoting violence with on-air brawls, defrauding viewers by staging those brawls, and generally unraveling the moral fiber of this great nation. In contrast to the tacky, over-the-top, deeply unserious nature of "Jerry Springer" the show, Jerry Springer the political aspirant is low-key, thoughtful, and very serious about issues like homeland security and the high cost of prescription drugs. Ironically, it's exactly this effort to develop a serious persona distinct from his sleaze-peddling reputation that makes Springer such a bad bet to win office. When your average show-business type starts flirting with politics--as either a candidate or an activist--the immediate reaction of Washington's chattering class is to sneer at his or her lack of credibility. In addition to this creditable resume, Springer has a touching, Mario Cuomo-esque life story to sell on the stump. Of course, what makes a Senate run conceivable is neither Springer's personal story nor his political accomplishments but rather his hard-earned celebrity. The lowbrow reputation the show has earned Springer could be a political asset, giving him credibility as a fiery populist battling an elitist political class. While the demographics of Springer fans cross race, gender, and age lines, the common denominator is income. His viewers consistently earn less than the national average. But, for a nontraditional candidate--especially one with Springer's negatives--to overcome public malaise enough to spur hordes of nonvoters to the polls, he needs to offer some sort of nontraditional message.
ACCESSION #
9253295

 

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