were televised, donchaknow? .. even way-back then.

Anyone paying attention during those - got the full spectrum of the breadth of the process, and of the pivotal effect of the quality of rhetoric AND content (or any lack thereof.)

'Jackson', or any ref thereto today - is of NO USE to a post-literate, fatally preoccupied nation of shoppers and trivia hounds. Tee Vee OTOH - is where they liff.