Thursday December 5, 2019

What The West Wing can teach us about modern politics

20 years ago today, the first episode of The West Wing was broadcast on NBC. Colin Murphy looks at the folksy political drama’s enduring appeal, and at how its cultural legacy helped to shape real-life politics around the world

22nd September, 2019
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On Wednesday, September 22, 1999, Americans turned on their televisions to see Martin Sheen playing an idealised version of a Democrat president. The actual Democrat president, Bill Clinton, had earlier that year emerged from the Monica Lewinsky scandal politically intact, but with his reputation shredded. The following year, George W Bush would win the presidency thanks to a partisan Supreme Court’s decision to halt a recount. A year following that, American politics would be changed...

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