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date: 08 December 2021

p. 112. The presidencylocked

p. 112. The presidencylocked

  • Richard M. Valelly


‘The presidency’ explores how presidents communicate with the American public. Presidential activity such as engaging in townhall style meetings, weekly radio addresses or webcasts, or talking to the country via prime-time speeches did not come from the rise of new communications technology but rather from a philosophy of democratic leadership, which over time has strongly shaped the way presidents incorporate communication into the office. But with today's 24/7 news shows, dozens of channels, and the rise of online communication, presidents now can hardly connect as dramatically, easily, and unilaterally as they once did. They must work much harder than they once did in order to get their explanations across.

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