chapter  7
28 Pages

Old Basics, New Technologies

ByStephen E. Frantzich

Presidents have long seen technology as a way of expanding their power and influence by adapting relatively new technologies for political purposes. Spinning and framing presidential news are closely related concepts focusing on how a story is presented. Framing is a more specific form of spinning involving choosing words and concepts to explain actions in a particular way. Both the White House and the media attempt to frame situations. Fake news may emerge in the legacy media or in newer social media platforms such as websites and blogs. From the president's perspective, social media gives him a tool for spreading his message out more directly without the "interference" of the legacy media. President Trump's first press secretary, Sean Spicer, described his job as "amplifying" the successes of the White House. The tone and content of President Trump's tweets make good fodder for breaking news.