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Farnsworth Publishes Book on Presidential Communication

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is author of a new book, Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump, published by Routledge Press.

From the Publisher: This book traces the evolution of White House news management during America’s changing media environment over the past two decades. Comparing and contrasting the communication strategies of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, it demonstrates the difficulty that all presidents have in controlling their messages despite a seemingly endless array of new media outlets and the great advantages of the office. That difficulty is compounded by new media’s amplification of presidential character traits for good or ill. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube notwithstanding, presidential power still resides in the “power to persuade,” and that task remains a steep challenge.

The book also looks at the media strategies of candidates during the 2016 presidential campaign and covers the early phase of the Trump administration, the first true Twitter presidency.

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C-Span interview on "Presidential Communication and Character"

Farnsworth Presents Research on U.S. Midterm Elections

Farnsworth Presents Research on U.S. Midterm ElectionsStephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an invited research presentation entitled, “The Trump Presidency in a Divided America: A Midterm Assessment,” at the International Conference on Trump, Canada and the World after the Midterms Elections. The conference was held at the Université [...]

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Democrats struggle with an identity crisis (Globe and Mail)

“The congressional Democratic caucus has to deal with very different constituencies and very different pressures,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist who heads the Center for Leadership & Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington.

“The result is a message that is not coherent enough to take to the campaign trail. The Democrats can pass legislation that can define the party, like Obamacare or the ‘cap-and-trade’ environmental bill, but that is much different from a presidential candidate going from a group of activists in one state to a group of activists in another state in pursuit of the presidential nomination.”

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Opinion Column: How Spanberger won a district drawn by and for Republicans (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Opinion Column

By Stephen J. Farnsworth and Stephen Hanna

"Recent elections in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District show that Republicans can win when they construct district lines to bring together a mixture of suburban and rural voters — but that creative line-drawing is no guarantee of success."

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U.S. & China Reach Trade Ceasefire at G-20 (CTV News Canada)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that President Trump was wise to put future tariff plans regarding China on hold because China is a major importer of US farm exports. Trade disagreements betweeen the two nations have already cost farmers in several Midwestern states a lot of money, Farnsworth said.

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