Title

Fireside Chatterer Andrew Cuomo for President

Department

Art

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

3-27-2020

Abstract

Prompted by Donald Trump’s shamefully bombastic behavior and attitude during all his press conferences, and especially during his recent COVID-19 White House press conferences, and their juxtaposition to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s honest, calm, and painfully truthful yet reassuring press conferences, last week I told a former colleague and neighbor “I wish I were old enough to have heard FDR’s ‘fireside chats.’”

Radio historian John Dunning considers Franklin D. Roosevelt to be one of the most effective communicators in American history. In writing about FDR’s “fireside chats,” Dunning states that “It was the first time in history that a large segment of the population could listen directly to a chief executive, and the chats are often credited with helping keep Roosevelt’s popularity high.”

Publication Title

CounterPunch

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