By-passing the national press is nothing new

By-passing the national press is nothing new
The Bush administration’s recent effort to take its message to the people through regional and local media outlets instead of the Washington press corps is nothing really new. That’s the message of Bruce J. Schulman, a professor of history and American studies at Boston University in a New York Times article this morning. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to go on a whistle-stop tour, Mr. Schulman said, in large part because he wanted to sell the League of Nations to the country, above the heads of skeptical Washington reporters. New Media makes it more and more possible for politicos to by-pass the filter of a press that Postmoderns view as elitist and detached. Watch for more weeping and gnashing of teeth from the institutional press as the 2004 campaign heats up.

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