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Shaping a Candidate's Image in the Press: Ronald Reagan and the 1980 Presidential Election

Cary R. Covington, Kent Kroeger, Glenn Richardson and J. David Woodard
Political Research Quarterly
Vol. 46, No. 4 (Dec., 1993), pp. 783-798
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of the University of Utah
DOI: 10.2307/448931
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/448931
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Abstract

We examined Ronald Reagan's 1980 election campaign to judge the effects of his Issue of the Day (IOD) media management strategy on his image as portrayed in the print and televised news media. The IOD strategy attempts to shape the content and tone of coverage by limiting press access to Reagan, formalizing the relationship, and conveying a single message over extended periods of time. Our analysis shows Reagan had success shaping the content of the press's coverage, but not its tone. We also found that the IOD strategy had greater effects on televised news programs than on the print media.

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