Course Description

470.737 - The Media and Presidential Politics

(This course counts towards the Political Communications Concentration.) This class will look at presidential politics during presidential campaigns and how the candidates work with and against the media. All forms of media from print reporting to television to the new applications of the Internet and beyond will be explored and discussed as we pay particular attention to the role the media play in conveying the president's message to the public. The course will follow key events in the Obama administration, such as, for example, the financial meltdown or growing American involvement in Afghanistan and use them as case studies to better understand the interaction among politicians, policymakers, and the media. We will also look back at former presidents and previous presidential campaigns to compare with the current Obama administration and the 2008 presidential campaign. We will analyze how the 2012 presidential campaigns are just beginning and how the media is now covering possible potential rivals to Obama.