"It sets up an incentive for candidates to get some attention by throwing out something that will get the media’s attention,” Professor of Political Science Grant Reeher says about the crowded Democratic field.
Grant Reeher, professor of political science and director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, says that while too crowded a field leads to a lack of meaningful conversation, restricting the debate stage too extensively is also not ideal because it creates "a self-fulfilling prophecy" in which dark horse candidates never get the chance to emerge.
Professor William Banks was interviewed on the tension between House Democrats and Attorney General William Barr, over Trumps decision to assert executive privilege over an unredacted version of the Mueller report.
"I don’t think this kind of rhetoric is helping," says Grant Reeher. "If you think the Democrats’ chances are better with a more moderate centrist candidate, just say that. Instead, everything is about Trump." Reeher was interviewed for The Hill article "The Memo: Pelosi's 'tone-deaf' remarks raise ire of Team Trump."
"The longer the Democrats stay on this [Julian Assange's extradition], the more it’s helping the president [Donald Trump]," says Grant Reeher, professor of political science and director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute.
According to Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science, negative misinformation about a politician of an opposing party is hard to shake, even after people learn that the original story was false.
Professor Keith Bybee, author of How Civility Works, was interviewed on NPR for the segment "Examining Civility In A Time Of Deepening Political Divisions." "The real question is not what is creating the sense of civility crisis today," says Bybee, "but instead, given our long history of rudeness, what makes us think we can get along at all?" 03/11/19
These are interesting times for journalists in America. We reached out to nine of them, all with degrees from Maxwell. With their public affairs education, they understand as well as any journalists what the vigor of the press means to us all.