The role of the media in US Presidential Elections

Tags: John Barron, Michael Fletcher

6 June 2012

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The press plays such an important role in US democracy that it’s often referred to as the fourth branch of government. This description rings especially true during election season, but how exactly does the media influence voter perceptions and preferences?

Washington Post National Economics Correspondent Michael Fletcher shared his thoughts on the media coverage of the world’s most high profile election. In this special event, Fletcher, a former White House Correspondent covering both the Obama and Bush presidencies, appeared in conversation with ABC’s John Barron, who has reported on US presidential campaigns for the past two decades.

Michael Fletcher

Michael FletcherMichael A. Fletcher is a national economics correspondent, writing about unemployment, state and municipal debt and the evolving job market for the Washington Post.

Previously, he was a White House correspondent, covering both the Obama and Bush administrations. He also has written about education and race relations.

Fletcher is co-author of Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas, a critically acclaimed biography published by Doubleday in April 2007.

Fletcher was born and raised in New York City where he attended public schools. He is a graduate of Boston University.

John Barron

John BarronJohn Barron has been covering Presidential campaigns as a journalist for almost 20 years.

He hosts a weekly program for ABC NewsRadio called “Inside America”, he is the author of the book Vote for Me about the 2008 Presidential campaign and a documentary film examining the history of the nominating contest “First Stop, Iowa”.

John is the co-host of ABC TV’s weekly “Planet America” program and is currently producing a documentary on the GOP primary campaign called “The Party of Reagan”.

He will also be teaching a US Studies Centre postgraduate course on American campaign politics and the media with Professor James Fallows, national correspondent of The Atlantic Monthly. The course called ‘News in the USA: The Objectivity Norm’ will be offered in the winter 2012 session.



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