T HE NEW S MEDI A ar e a president's lifeline to the citi-zenry. Televisio n an d radi o networks , wir e services , newspapers, an d periodical s disseminat e presidentia l statements, chronicl e administratio n actions , and analyze administration programs and progress. They also serve as vehicles for opposing views. Although the mix among statements, facts, analysis, and opinion ha s varied throug h th e years, the president's need for the news media has remained unchanged.