03-25-10 Relationship between the Executive vs. the Press Executive = Press is an obstacle to information Press = Executive is an obstacle to information Media?s job Watch dog for those who need to be watched Keeps people honest Say things before they know, sometimes being first is better People tend to go to their side for sources, partisan sources How does the media get its information from the executive branch? Where does it come from? Interviews, daily news briefings, press conferences, research, other news organizations, etc. Brett Bear FOX interview w/Obama Damage control To convince Republicans to vote for the reform Get people from the Republican side to like him more. Press Secretary A very rough job, usually leave every 2 years Answer questions from all different reporters, foreign, old, left and right. Tony Snow Former press secretary Paid bad, but made a lot in the end Worked on FOX News and then became Press Secretary for President Bush Very good at it, stayed for a long time until he got cancer and passed away. The President has a handful of press conferences Says what they need to say Takes questions after Staged on who gets called on Leaks Information that wasn?t supposed to get out and it gets out Leaks are staged by presidential staff Why? Done for public response Diversion to take attention off heated issues To control information To create hype Reporters? response to leaks Believe they are forming a relationship If they don?t take the information someone else will Usually kept anonymous for safety of image and job Special reporter with information Media is knowingly be used Why doesn?t the media unite and be more ethical? Recent Trends Video News Releases Somewhere the news reporters did a story that the 2004-05 government created Issue on whether or not the government should be sending stories on ethanol usuage being good. Used a public relations tool Abuse (by executive and media) Has become an issue of ethics on whether the government should send prepackaged stories to the press. Paying reporters/commentators 2005- 3 different reporters writing different stories but getting a check from the same guy, President Bush. Not disclosed to the public of who was paying for the column.
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