Political Science professor, focusing on the mass media, the presidency and Virginia politics
Farnsworth Lectures in D.C. at the Norwegian Seminar
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, "The U.S. Political System Under Pressure: President Biden, the Media, and U.S. Public Opinion,” at the Norwegian Washington Seminar in Washington, DC.
Farnsworth has also appeared in recent media, including:
President Biden’s Announcement of His Re-election Bid (Voice of America in Russia)
While polls show that President Biden is not all that popular, former president Donald Trump, who is leading in the Republican nomination contest, is even less popular.
Fox News Parts Ways with Tucker Carlson (CTV News Canada) “Well, my first reaction is that this is an amazing development. This was completely unexpected. We had just had a settlement last week with the Dominion case and there was no reference to Tucker Carlson and Fox having to part ways, so we are really looking at this new development with a level of astonishment,” said Stephen Farnsworth. https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2673523
Fundraising disclosures show an edge for Democrats in the state Senate (WVTF)
Senator George Barker is a Democrat from Fairfax County who is poised to be one of the most senior members of the Senate and potentially chairman of the Finance Committee. But that’s only if he prevails against a challenger in the primary – former Fairfax County School Board Chairwoman Stella Pekarsky. Campaign finance records show Barker has raised about twice as much money, which is a sign of things to come, says Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington.
What campaign finance records show about this year’s General Assembly races (WVTF)
Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says money often finds its way to power. “People give money to politicians because they get their money’s worth. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t give money to politicians going forward,” Farnsworth explains. “And so, if you’re going to give money to politics, you might as well give money to somebody who’s highly influential, and party leaders and key figures on key committees like Appropriations are in fact those players.”
For Spanberger, work on new farm bill no chore, but an opportunity (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“Reaching out to rural areas pays off, now and in the future,” said Steve Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, in the heart of the 7th District under a political map that the Virginia Supreme Court adopted at the end of 2021.
Loudoun schools’ bias-reporting system might violate free speech, court says (The Washington Post)
The appeals court ruling will “allow further disputes about what students say in Loudoun County Schools,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “The county has been this center of some of the most combative disputes over educational cultures. And if anything, the ruling will intensify those disputes going forward.”