Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 9, 1988
Iowans experience media blitz
By ALAN PAUL
Special to the Daily
VICTOR, Iowa - During a
breakfast for Michael Dukakis and
his supporters, one young
Massachusets volunteer said to
another, "What are all these press
people doing here? I though this
was going to be a nice quiet brunch
with the campaign people."
Welcome to campaign trail '88.
There was nothing quiet about
anything in the Iowa campaigns last
weekend, where 4,000 journalists
reported on the proceedings.
The Dukakis brunch was filmed
by 21 television mini-cams - an
average number for the crews which
followed candidates to events such as
.hurch services and family bowling
MEMBERS of the press from
a all over the world descended upon
.:Des Moines, turning the sleepy city
into a frenzied center of political and
But the journalists said they often
felt that the candidates' publicity
events - called "press
opportunities" - were little more
than live studio audiences.
"This is a media circus here," Dan
Cohen, an executive producer for
Fox Broadcasting said. "At last
count, there were 38 satellite trucks
here. The whole thing's put together
for the press."
Steve Bell, a syndicated television
reporter for the Group W Network
and former Good Morning America
host, has been at every Iowa caucus
since 1968. He said the campaigning
process has become more
sophisticated over the years.
"It's become a lot more
professionalized in terms of staff -
both the candidates' and the press',"
NOT ALL journalists covering
the caucuses were jaded, however.
Media members from Spain and
South Korea, two nations that have
recently elected democratic
governments, were in Des Moines
reporting on the American political
"Because of Korea's close
relationship with the United States,
we are very interested in the
process," Chang Kee Min, of South
Korea's National television station
said. "We have just had our first free
election in 16 years and we like to
get used to the democratic process."
The Spanish public is also
curious about the American political
process, said Madrid's Ignacio
Carrion, who is reporting for two
publications - the Weekly Cambio
and The Daily Diario.
"There's a lot of curiosity because
America is a great power, and what
happens here affects Europe and the
rest of the world," Carrion said.
SOME candidates wished to
distance themselves from the press.
Republican candidate Vice President
George Bush, who has had several
well-publicized fights with the
media, told a small group of
supporters last night, "The press
have got their job to do, and I've got
"I don't think the American
people need a filter, but this is a free
country. The analysts and
columnists have a right to do what
they what. We can't censor," he
But some other candidates, such
as Democratic candidate Bruce
Babbit, strive to increase media
coverage by planning events that
will draw press coverage.
B A B B I T, who has run a
sometimes unorthodox campaign,
rode in a 25-mile bike race in below
0 temperatures Saturday. When he
and his family went bowling on
caucus day, they were accompanied
by 11 television cameras and 50
"The cameras are exciting," T.J.,
Babbit's ten-year old son said. "To
me, he's just dad. It's weird at first
to see him on T.V., but like
everything else, you get use to to
Iowans brave poor weather to vote at caucus
Compiled from Associated Press reports
NATO to upgrade nuclear force
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci said yesterday
that the NATO alliance's tactical nuclear weapons would be improved -
with West Germany's consent - even as a new U.S.-Soviet treaty sets
the stage for scrapping intermediate-range missiles.
"Some of the modernization of nuclear artillery is already going
ahead," Carlucci said on his return from a NATO policy session in
Munich. He said the modernization program did not circumvent the treaty.
As Carlucci gave assurance of West German support for the U.S.-
backed plan, the treaty remained embroiled in controversy over its
A senior Senate Democrat, Joseph Biden of Delaware, prepared to
attach a "binding condition" that the current interpretation by Secretary of
State George Schultz and other U.S. officials cannot be altered without
Killing sparks Gaza Strip riot
JERUSALEM - A Gaza Strip teen-ager was beaten to death and
crowds of Palestinians fought with Israeli soldiers after his funeral
yesterday. Israeli gunfire wounded 10 people in the occupied territories,
Relatives and U.N. officials said soldiers beat 15-year-old Iyad
Mohammed Aql to death.
Army sources confirmed Aql died of head injuries soon after midnight,
but said an investigation showed he was not beaten by soldiers. They said
the cause of the injuries was not clear.
Soldiers had 11 Arab towns and refugee camps in the occupied West
Bank andGaza Strip under curfew yesterday, confining 245,000 people to
their homes. About 1.5 million Palestinians live in the territories, which
Israel captured from Jordan and Egypt in the 1967 Middle East war.
Reagan derides drug test critics
DURHAM, N.C. - President Ronald Reagan stepped up his
campaign against illegal drugs yesterday, deriding critics who say
employers have no right to search out drug abuse in the workplace.
"The real answer must come from taking the customer away from the
drugs, not the other way around," Reagan said.
Reagan's appearance at an anti-drug conference at Duke University
sparked a noisy demonstration by upwards of 200 opponents of his
Central American policy.
His armored limousine passed within '10 to 15 feet of shouting
protesters bearing a large placard reading "Terrorist Not Welcome" and
carrying signs reading, "Contra thugs peddle drugs and "Just say no to
Contra aid." A line of highway patrol officers stood in front of the crowd,
blocking its access to the roadway.
U.S. to hold naval exercises off
Korean coast during Olympics
WASHINGTON - The United States will conduct naval exercises off
the South Korean coast next fall as part of a campaign to deter North
Korea from disrupting the Olympic Games in Seoul, administration
officials said Monday.
The officials, who agreed to discuss the matter only if not identified,
refused to characterize the moves as a military buildup.
The presence of at least one and perhaps two aircraft carriers off the
Korean peninsula during the games will be "just a little overt warning
we're watching them," one source said.
The administration believes the recent announcement by the Soviet
Union that its athletes will participate in the games has reduced the
possibility that North Korea will take any military action during the
contests, the sources said.
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In 2,487 precincts around Iowa,
" Repubicans and Democrats were
'gathering in churches, fire stations
and living rooms for an exercise in
democracy that's part drama and part
' high camp.
"To the untrained eye, it will look
like mass confusion," said Iowa
Democratic Party spokesperson Phil
Roeder. "It's a gathering of friends
and neighbors who sit down and
decide who they want to be the next
president of the United States."
"There are very few rules that
apply," said Rhonda Menke, a
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Republican Party. "A caucus is a
neighborhood meeting of Republican
people who may not be registered
Republicans, who just drop by this
The state's caucuses are the
beginning of the process of picking
delegates to the national nominating
Because the process can be time-
consuming and tedious, backers must
make a commitment to spend,
potentially, several hours at a
neighborhood meeting, and among
Demcorats, stand up and be counted
in front of their neighbors.
"Turnout is a little more difficult
because of the nature of the process,"
said George Wittgraf, who works for
Vice President George Bush.
So candidates must do more than
win support; they must inspire a
significant level of loyalty and
commitment, or they must
physically deliver their backers to the
That meant thousands of Iowans
spent the day yesterday on the streets
knocking on doors, in "boiler
rooms" running phone banks, or
standing by with autos to shuffle
Iowans to their caucuses.
"There's nothing magic about
organizing," said Katie Boyle, a
spokesperson for Senate GOP Leader
Bob Dole. "It's just plain hard
The tasks could be complicated by
a weather forecast calling for chilly
weather and a chance of snow.
Generally around the state forecasters
called for temperatures in the teens
and no more than flurries.
"The weather should not be much
of a factor this evening as it's quite
normal for the first week in
February," the National Weather
Service said in a statement.
"Iowans are quite hardy people,"
said Iowa Democratic chair Bonnie
Both Bush and Dole are credited
with having top-flight political
organizations in Iowa, while Simon,
Massachusetts Gov. Michael
Dukakis, Missouri Rep. Richard
Gephardt and former Arizona Gov.
Bruce Babbitt also have built
"There are four very, very well
organized campaigns in Iowa" for the
Democrats, said Ms. Campbell.
There's at least one new factor in
the state's precinct caucuses.
The results are forwarded via
telephone from each of the
neighborhood meetings and are not
compiled by any sort of official
government agency like the ones
which oversee primary elections.
Last week, however, Gov. Terry
Branstad signed into law a bill
making it a crime to lie about caucus
Gephardt leads Dems.;
Simon, Dukakis trail
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Simon told the crowd "I think it is a
very, very tight race - as tight as
you can get."
Later that day, Dukakis- told his
precinct captains, "This thing is just
Although Babbitt placed fifth, he
said yesterday afternoon that a bad
showing in Iowa would not be the.
end of his campaign. He said,
"While history says there is an
interaciton between winning Iowa
and being succesful in the campaign,
I think you have to prove ... you
have national appeal. A regional
strategy is not enough."
Corporate chief conducts
'Stars & Stripes' symphony
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Alan Fellheimer always wanted to conduct a
symphony, so his wife bought him the chance for his 45th birthday.
"It was the dream of a lifetime, with a packed house," said Fellheimer,
chair and chief executive officer of Equimark Corp. bank-holding
For four minutes of glory Sunday night, the corporate chief, dressed in
a tuxedo with tails, conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony in John Philip
Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" at a pops concert in Heinz Hall.
"It went super. I got a wild ovation, lots of applause," Fellheimer said
moments after the performance.
Fellheimer's wife, Judith, a lawyer, bid $5,000 at a Dec. 4 symphony
ball fund-raising auction so her husband could do what he's dreamed of
since playing the trombone in the Germantown High School band. His
birthday was Saturday.
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