Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at International Affairs at University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). This statewide teaching award recognizes 12 outstanding college and university professors from across the Commonwealth each year.
Trump will Probably be the Most Ridiculed President Ever (“Monkey Cage,” Washington Post)
By Stephen J. Farnsworth, S. Robert Lichter and Deanne Canieso
Donald Trump takes office as the most ridiculed presidential candidate in the history of late-night television talk shows. Not only did he far surpass the number of jokes directed at his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, but he even exceeded the totals aimed at Bill Clinton during his scandal-plagued presidency two decades ago.
A new analysis of late-night humor by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found that the New York developer was the subject of 1,817 jokes between Jan. 1, 2016 and Nov. 11, 2016, a few days after Election Day. That’s more than triple the 506 jokes directed at Hillary Clinton. Going back to the 1992 contest, CMPA found that comedians have never focused on a presidential candidate the way they have on Trump.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that President Trump’s economic development speech in South Carolina was far more presidential than his recent attacks on the media and his combative press conference earlier in the week. But Farnsworth said the question with Trump is always how long can he maintain a more presidential approach to public communication?
“The strategy for winning Virginia as a Democrat 10 years ago is quite different than the strategy for winning in Virginia today,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “A moderate centrist message is not the kind of exciting message that is most effective.”
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that the Trump administration continues to struggle because it does not focus enough on hiring people with professional government experience to work on his team. Campaign workers often do not make good managers in a government, Farnsworth said.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that President Trump rough start in the White House comes from not listening enough to experienced policy makers as he organized his government.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of an opinion column on late-night political humor that appeared on the “Monkey Cage” blog of the Washington Post.