Justices and Journalists examines whether justices are becoming more publicity-conscious and why that might be happening. The book discusses the motives of justices 'going public' and details their recent increased number of television and print interviews and amount of press coverage of their speeches. The book describes the interactions justices have with the journalists who cover them. These interactions typically are not discussed publicly by justices or journalists. The book explains why justices care about press and public relations, how they employ external strategies to affect press portrayals of themselves and their institution, and how and why journalists participate in that interaction. Drawing on the papers of Supreme Court justices in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the book examines these interactions over the history of the Court. It includes a content analysis of print and broadcast media coverage of Supreme Court justices covering a 40-year period from 1968 to 2007.
Richard Davis is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. He is the author or co-author of several books on media and American politics, including Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process (2005), Decisions and Images: The Supreme Court and the Press (1994), The Web of Politics (1999), Campaigning Online (2003, with Bruce Bimber) and New Media and American Politics (1998, with Diana Owen). He is chair of the Political Communication section of the American Political Science Association.
1. External strategies; 2. The pressure to go public; 3. The early years; 4. The nineteenth century; 5. The twentieth century; 6. Becoming newsworthy; 7. The twenty-first century.