Politics as Sports

Authors

  • Isaac Balbus

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-026-10-1975-03_3

Keywords:

Media, Political Economy

Abstract

The Nixon-Ford years in the United States have been marked by a strikingly frequent application of the sports metaphor to the realities of organized political life. State activity is increasingly being cloaked in the rhetoric of the sports world; at times it even appears as if the language of politics is being completely absorbed by the language of sports. Thus the president becomes the "quarterback" who, along with his Cabinet and White House staff "team," pursues "game plan" policies designed to reach the "goal line" and to "win" the political "ballgame."

Published

1975-03-03

Issue

Section

Articles