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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"

Republicans, Democrats react to Trump-Putin press conference (CTV News Canada)

University of Mary Washington professor Steve Farnsworth called President Trump's comments a “big win for Vladimir Putin,” considering that 12 Russians were indicted on Friday for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.

Farnsworth said the meeting should never have happened in the first place, likening it to U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt meeting with Japan’s Emperor Hirohito after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Rep. Tom Garrett: ‘I’m not dying, I am starting over’ (Fauquier Times)

University of Mary Washington media and politics professor Stephen Farnsworth said he thinks the odds Republicans keep the 5th District seat are a little better than 50-50.

“It would take substantial wave election to dislodge the natural Republican orientation” of the district, Farnsworth said in a recent interview. The 5th District stretches from Fauquier County to the North Carolina border.

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Trump-Putin Summit Wraps Up (CTV News Canada)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that America fought the Cold War with Soviet Russia based on the idea that America’s position in the world is “enhanced by the promotion of free societies and democratic societies.”

“It is really astonishing that that huge advantage that America has had -- an advantage that has been used by Republican and Democratic presidents (alike) in the fighting against authoritarianism for 80 years -- is simply walked away from by President Trump,” Farnsworth added.

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