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Forum being held on the relationship between presidents and the media

A local panel of distinguished media members will discuss the relationships between presidents and the news media tonight at the Buffalo History Museum starting at 6 PM.

Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck and Robert J. McCarthy along with others will discuss the practices of President Trump, Roosevelt, Jefferson, and more.

The Buffalo Presidential Center is sponsoring the event, “Presidents and the Press.” Trustee Bren Price said they expect a really good turnout.

“We’ve had a lot of publicity, we’ve sent out a lot of flyers,” said Price. “The last one we had at Forest Lawn Cemetery, there were over 100 people to come listen to Brady Carlson talk about dead presidents. That was back in October. And so I think we’re going to get a really good crowd there.”

Price said President Trump’s relationship with the media has drawn more interest to the topic. That includes the impact of social media.

“I just think there is a heightened awareness and a heightened interest,” said Price, “and there will be a lot of people here, I think because of the controversy over the Trump Administration, and the different kinds of media that are playing a part in this.”

Price said the topic has garnered a heightened interest on both sides of the aisle. He’s expecting the panelists to discuss the varying ways presidents have been covered.

“I have to believe with some of our local columnists and some of our local press panelists, that it’s going to be covered both locally and maybe state and nationally, for sure.”

Items that would have been used by the media in the 1800’s will also be on display.

Rose Ciotta, formerly of The Buffalo News, will moderate the free event.

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