Bill Plante on Presidential Press Conferences
Bill Plante talked about the evolution of presidential press conferences since President Woodrow Wilson met with several reporters in the… read more
Bill Plante talked about the evolution of presidential press conferences since President Woodrow Wilson met with several reporters in the Oval Office in March 1913. Other topics reporters methods for phrasing questions; how news conferences are used by both the president and the press; the impact of television, cable news, and social media; and the relevance of the press conference in modern times. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Towson University Political Science Professor Martha Joynt Kumar was interviewed by phone on the history of presidential press conferences and the operations of presidential communications teams.*She is the author of Managing the President’s Message: The White House Communications Operation (published in 2010).
Clips of presidential news conferences with Presidents Nixon, Reagan, George W. Bush, and Obama were shown.
C-SPAN Radio’s Nancy Calo previewed the Sunday morning talk shows. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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