Annenberg Public Policy Center director Kathleen Hall Jamieson joined a panel gathered by the Paley Center for Media and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation on “JFK at 100: Television and the Presidency.” The event took place Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m., and was live-streamed on the Paley Center’s Facebook page.
John F. Kennedy and his administration “transformed the presidency using television as an essential political tool, from campaigning for the office through governing a nation,” according to the Paley Center. The panel discussed Kennedy’s legacy, important moments and speeches, and what aspects remain “relevant to our social media universe,” the center said.
Jamieson was joined by fellow panelists David Axelrod, director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama; Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews”; Frank Rich, writer-at-large for New York magazine and executive producer for “Veep”; and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lt. Governor of Maryland. Moderating the discussion was Jake Tapper, anchor and chief Washington correspondent for CNN.
This event is part of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s programming commemorating the centennial of JFK’s birth in 1917.
Jamieson’s essay “JFK and the Press” was recently published in the book “JFK: A Vision for America.” In the essay, Jamieson discusses how Kennedy used the live press conference to articulate policy and govern.