The Unilateral Presidency and the News Media: The Politics of Framing Executive Power (BOK)
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Since President George Washington's Proclamation of Neutrality in 1793, there has been an ongoing debate concerning the proper scope and exercise of presidential unilateral powers. With a mere 'stroke of the pen,' presidents can change the political status quo. However, the Constitution is silent about these powers, Congress seldom acts to limit them, and the public is usually unaware of this aspect of executive power. This book investigates the role of the news media in bringing attention to these unwritten powers of the presidency, examining the amount of coverage, type of frames that are used, who influences the frames, and whether these frames place the unilateral powers of the American presidency in a constitutional context.