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Posted on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:13 a.m.

Washington Post correspondent Scott Wilson to discuss covering the presidency

By Ann Dwyer

White House correspondent Scott Wilson will talk about what it's like "Chiseling Small Cracks in a Cement Wall: Covering the White House in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and the Permanent Campaign" during a lecture at the Gerald Ford Library on Thursday.

As a correspondent for the Washington Post, Wilson has been on the front lines in one of the most competitive beats around. He will discuss how this president has created an "in-house machine" to serve the president. He will also talk about how correspondents must deal with the social media aspect that often channels superficial and staged news that does not give an adequate picture of the presidency.

Wilson was the winner of the 2011 Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.

Thursday, February 21, 2013. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Gerald Ford Library is located at 1000 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor.



Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 2:55 p.m.

As a Member of the Ford Presidential Foundation, I am frankly disturbed by the tone of the announcement I received regarding this event. I think Gerald R. Ford's presidency and the very important legacy of his presidency are about finding common ground among differences in principled courageous ways. This particular talk does not appear to be about finding the common ground--and I think does not support the vision that President Ford was about, or that the Ford Presidential Foundation claims to be about. Hopefully those who care about Gerald Ford's legacy will be more thoughtful about the speakers they engage in future, or they will be allowing the petty politics of today to do something that Gerald Ford invested his life and his substantial energies ensuring did NOT happen in his time.

Geoff Larcom

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:51 p.m.

These lectures at the Ford Library have traditionally been terrific. My personal highlight was covering a talk by Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward, he of Watergate fame and a zillion books. Interestingly, Woodward ultimately became a huge fan of Gerald Ford, and came to AGREE strongly with Ford's decision to pardon Nixon as the tough political choice, but the best way to let the country heal. I interviewed Woodward afterward, and sat with him before the talk. A real career highlight.

Superior Twp voter

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 5:08 p.m.

Gee I wonder if he'll handle any of the tough issues, such as: - how is it that the U S media has evolved in short order to be a mouthpiece for Obama? - how Obama gets only "softball" questions from he and his cohorts? - whether he ever realizes he is being lied to daily by the spokes-kid Jay Carney (Fibbs before Carney) and if he ever gags at it or simply accepts it as truth? - how David Axlerod manipulates his media for Obama's benefit? - why he and his fellow "journalists" (term used lightly) are overwhelmingly liberals? - How the USA media has allowed journalism to die? Flame suit ON for the tirade of A2 liberal "thumbs down" and nasty comments!


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 2:22 p.m.

WWWAAAHHH!!!! Karl Rove PROMISED Flip Floppney would win in a landslide....WAAAHHH!!!!

Unusual Suspect

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 2:15 p.m.


Top Cat

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:34 p.m.

You hit this one over the fence.