Date of Award

Spring 1992

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Reedy, George E.

Second Advisor

Leonard, Richard H.

Third Advisor

Scotton, James F.

Abstract

Every country has a leader which represents all the people, in everything s/he does. In the United States that leader is the president, elected by the people. America has the unique practice of not only electing its leader, but also allowing free commentary about the performance of the president and everything that involves him, including his past experiences, his medical history and his private and leisure times with his family. This thesis delves into that aspect of the office and examines just how much the newspapers closely analyze the president and his activities and looks to see if there is any correlation between the tone of the coverage the president received with the public opinion of the people who elected him into office. Primarily, this thesis examines a variety of comparisons between two specific presidents, Eisenhower and Reagan, and studies any changes that may have occurred over time, to the extent that it can be measured.

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