The nature of the relationship between (elected) political leaders and the elite reporters dedicated to reporting on their activities is insufficiently studied, and its importance is inadequately appreciated. Yet that relationship says a lot about a political community, particularly:
- the public political culture;
- the nature of press/government relations generally;
- some of the strengths of the governance system in that country;
- some of the pathologies bedeviling governance in that country, and so on.