New style fireside chat

We know that times have changed when one of President Obama’s most important political appearances during his visit to California will be his appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It’s difficult to visualize how some of our former presidents, even Franklin Roosevelt who was famous for his informal fireside chats, would handle an interview by Leno. Far more people will know what the President said by viewing the show on TV or seeing clips of it on YouTube than will read about it in the newspaper. No wonder big city newspapers are worried about their futures. Who needs a newspaper when citizens can get a sense of their leaders in the informal setting of a late night show? We all need to rethink what kind of media we and our children will be watching and what this means in terms of how citizens interact with their government.

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