The August 28th Debate! William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal were polar opposites. Having debated a number of times beginning in 1962, their relationship culminating in 1968 with an explosive series that changed television punditry forever. Buckley and Vidal were both popular American novelists and frequent political commentators. Buckley was a renowned conservative, even starting a magazine to further the cause. And Vidal was a liberal intellectualist whose views were grounded in personal experience. Their debates have been cited as the inspiration for modern sensationalism in television political news programming.