The Morning After: The Effect of the Network Call for Bush

By the weekend following the election of 2000, two possible frames were available to the press covering developments in Florida. In the first, Gore had won the popular vote and the outcome in the electoral college was uncertain. In the second, Bush was ahead in the vote in the state that would determine the results in the electoral college and, as such, the presumed victor until Gore proved otherwise.

When Is Presidential Behavior Public and When Is It Private?

Where pundits predicted that the allegations would undercut public confidence in his presidency, the opposite seemed to be the case. Bill Clinton’s approval ratings stayed above 60 percent through May. When a reporter questioned whether it was healthy for the public to feel that presidents’ personal lives are not relevant, Clinton declined to answer the question.