- Julian Zelizer: The seeds of today's divisions were evident in the Gore Vidal-William Buckley Jr. debates of 1968
- Today, the right talks to the right and the left talks to the left, he says
Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America fellow. He is the author of "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society" and co-editor of a new book, "Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America's Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)As my wife and I waited to see a screening of "Best of Enemies," a new documentary focusing on the debates between the conservative publisher William Buckley Jr. and the liberal author Gore Vidal in the summer 1968, I overheard another guest say, "It will be nice to see a movie about a time when television was so much better at the news than it is today."