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Farnsworth Publishes Chapter on Presidential Communication

Farnsworth Publishes Chapter on Presidential Communication

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently had a chapter published in The International Handbook of Strategic Communication, (Wiley Blackwell, publishers). The chapter, “President Obama, the Affordable Care Act and the Challenges of Strategic Political Communication,” was drawn from a research paper presented at a recent meeting of the Western Political Science Association.

Dr. Farnsworth also provided comments in the following news stories:

Joe Biden is approaching 100 days in office. Has the presidency changed him? (The Globe and Mail)

Biden Approaches 100 Days in the White House (CP24)

Early voting begins Friday in state, local primaries (Inside NoVA)

Governor’s race draws $11 million total in first-quarter fundraising (WRIC TV8; Fauquier Now; Inside NoVA; Prince William Times)

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently commented on the following news stories:

 

Fundraising Numbers Bring Virginia Attorney General Race into Focus (Courthouse News Service)

Virginia House Democrats see record number of challenges in primary elections (The Washington Post)

Rod Hall continues to earn big endorsements in his primary challenge to Guzman (Virginia Scope)

U.S. Imposes Sanctions Against Russia (CTV News Channel)

State Sen. Jen Kiggans officially launches 2022 congressional campaign (Virginia Scope)

Ending the ‘Forever War’ (CTV News Channel)

Executive Actions on Guns (CTV News Channel)

Governor’s race draws $11 million total in first-quarter fundraising (WFXR; WVIR NBC29; WWBT NBC12)

Supervisors plan to give voters final say on whether to allow marijuana retail sales in 2024 (Chesterfield Observer)

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently commented on the following news stories:

 

‘Election integrity’ becomes key buzzword in VA GOP race (The Washington Post; Star Tribune; Las Vegas Sun; CBS19 News)

Local Va. House of Delegates races draw a crowd (Prince William Times)

Biden Convenes First Cabinet Meeting (CTV News Channel)

Virginia Republican convention candidates set for May 8 (WINA)

Supporters Say McClellan is ‘Voice That Virginia Needs to Hear’ (RVA)

Johnny Carson and Political Humor (C-SPAN)

McClellan Vies for VA Governor Seat After 15 Years in Legislature (Virginia Patch)

The Never-ending Gun Debate (CTV News Channel)

McClellan vies for governor seat after 15 years in legislature (NBC12; Fauquier-Times)

Still barred from major platforms, Trump weighs launching new social network (KIMA CBS 29; NBC 15; abc6onyourside.com)

Farnsworth Delivers Online Lecture on Political Humor

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, "Political Humor and the American Presidency," to the Dartmouth Club of Philadelphia. Dr. Farnsworth, a Dartmouth graduate, drew upon his recent book, "Late Night With Trump," for that online conversation.

Dr. Farnsworth also commented on the following news stories:

Still barred from major platforms, Trump weighs launching new social network (KIMA CBS 29; NBC 15; abc6onyourside.com)

Cuomo crisis recalls Northam’s; supporters say no comparison (The Washington Post; Star Tribune; WSB-TV2)

Seeing Double (The Connection; WVTF)

American Rescue Plan (CTV News Channel)

OPINION: America was woefully unprepared for the pandemic (The DePaulia)

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been quoted in several regional, national and international news stories:

How blue is Trump’s shadow in Virginia? This year’s governor’s race is already shaping up as a key barometer. (The Washington Post)

Census delay could complicate some Fredericksburg-area supervisors, [...]

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Farnsworth Pens Editorial on Johnny Carson for ‘Great Lives’ Lecture

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth, who is also the director of UMW's Center for Leadership and Media Studies, penned an editorial piece in advance of his Great Lives lecture on late-night legend Johnny Carson. He is the author or co-author of seven books, most recently, “Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency.”

FOR THREE decades, from 1962 to 1992, Johnny Carson dominated late night television in a way that no entertainer ever has or ever will.

In a career containing more than 5,000 episodes of “The Tonight Show,” Carson tucked Americans in at night with his signature mix of mostly gentle barbs directed at political figures and his immense roster of usually compelling guests.

Of course, to say that Carson dominated television during his era is to understate the case. By every measure, not only was he first—he was so far ahead of the competition that it hardly mattered who placed second.

At its peak, Carson’s 90-minute show generated roughly 17 percent of all NBC’s profits, an astonishing share of income from a single program, and one that aired after the prime television viewing hours.

Carson’s era was not a placid time in the U.S., and his show offered a refuge from the troubles of one’s day. In addition, he was the ideal host to steer Middle America through those difficult decades when he held court at 11:30 p.m.

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