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Chapter 18 The President and the News Media

Chapter 18 The President and the News Media

Chapter 18 The president and the news media
Matthew R.Kerbel

For decades, presidents have had to deal with a combative press corps that made life miserable for them and their spokespersons. Today, presidents have to deal with a combative press corps and ordinary citizens with access to the Internet who are not afraid to express their views and whose voices are heard because official Washington pays attention to widely visited political weblogs (“blogs”) and social media sites. It was all a bit much for President Barack Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, when he pushed back—perhaps a little too hard—on August 10, 2010, against a drumbeat of complaints against the administration expressed on progressive websites by people who were ostensibly the ...

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