Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Presidents, Coverage of
Michelle Denise Miles
Presidential news coverage refers to a specific type of political journalism that includes coverage of all aspects of the United States presidency, as well as the communications and actions of the President's cabinet and White House staff. The press coverage afforded U.S. Presidents is often seen as quite subjective, as the President's policy decisions and stated agendas are interpreted, analyzed, and critiqued by pundits. This coverage, like other forms of political journalism, is frequently informed by what is called opinion journalism, which has grown in popularity in recent years. Presidents receive more coverage than either the legislative or judicial branches of the federal government as they provide more news media access to their activities. This has become increasingly so in the early twenty-first century as the Bush and then Obama administrations sought broad public support for their initiatives. As the relationship between press and President has evolved and the demands ...