Political Control on Television
Brizzi describes the continued strict control over television exercised by the General and the executive during de Gaulle’s presidency. The chapter portrays de Gaulle as the master of the small screen, manipulating it to serve his political and personal ends. De Gaulle’s control of television was threefold: he regulated the access members of the executive had to television, he coordinated televisual strategies of the parliamentary majority during electoral campaigns and he evaluated the appointments for the RTF executive positions. The image of de Gaulle that emerges from this period is of a president that was extremely “hands on” in managing the political uses of television, who jealously guarded the personal contact with the people that television allowed him and who was far from eager to allow other members of the executive the same privileged use he made of television.