The Last Debate by Jim Lehrer
A Novel of Politics and Journalism

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sharp satire of the presidential debate that changes the course of electoral politics (and the news business) forever--by Jim Lehrer, who has been a moderator of past presidential debates. The targets of this satire--religious fundamentalists, political handlers, self-important journalists, feral network programming heads--could not be more timely.

About Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer is the author of twenty novels, two memoirs, and three plays, and for years was the executive editor and anchor of The NewsHour on PBS. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his novelist wife, Kate. They have three daughters.
Published November 7, 2012 by Random House. 372 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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The tale is narrated by self-righteous investigative reporter Tom Chapman, who easily justifies using bribery, innuendo, misrepresentation, and other investigative chicanery in the name of truth, and who "reports" in new-journalism, novelistic form how he discovered what really went on in the pan...

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Howley, the debate moderator, and the panel of questioning journalists so fear the consequences of Meredith's impending presidency that they conspire to ruin him by dispensing with the set debate format and ambushing Meredith with damning, unpublished documents in Howley's possession.

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As the moderator of all three presidential debates this fall, PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer was criticized by some for letting the candidates bend—if not break—their own rules.

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What would happen if during a televised presidential debate, the journos in charge of moderating the event air some dirty laundry about one of the candidate's personal history?

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