The Mediated Presidency:
Television News and Presidential Governance
by Stephen Farnsworth & S. Robert Lichter
E176.1 .F228 2006
New Book Island, 2nd floor
If you can break away from the television for a second, I’d like to feature a book that is PERFECT for today.
The media has become a major force in our society today, and presidents are no exception when it comes to scrutiny or praise. Farnsworth and Lichter, professors at University of Mary Washington and George Mason University respectively, analyze the impact of the news outlets on the Executive Office of the United States. It also takes into account the issues facing the nation, such as the economy (that’s not a big problem, right?) and in times of war. Focusing on the events of the past two decades, the authors critically evaluate the media coverage surrounding the individual tasked with running one of the most powerful countries in the world. The book also includes an extensive list of references for further research on the topic.