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Trump’s War Against The Media, Fake News, And (A)Social Media

D. Kellner
Published 2019 · Political Science

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I argue that Donald Trump won the Republican primary contest and then the 2016 US presidential election, in part, because he is the master of media spectacle. I discuss Trump’s use of media spectacle in his business career, in his effort to become a celebrity and reality-TV superstar, and his political campaigns. Then, I examine how Trump both uses broadcasting and social media in his campaign and presidency and deploys a war against the media to delegitimize media criticism or opposition to his presidency. Yet Trump’s war against the media has generated a momentous battle in which segments of the media are fighting back against Trump in what has to be the most contested media spectacle in modern US political history.
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