Conservative Political Communication examines the evolution of appeals, media, and tactics in right-wing media and political communication, tracking trends and shifts from the early days of contemporary conservatism in the 1950s to the Trump administration.
The chapters in this edited volume feature the work of senior and junior scholars from the fields of communication, journalism, and political science employing content analytic, experimental, survey, historical, and rhetorical research methodologies. Analyses of the rise of the 24-hour news cycle, the range of partisan news sources, and the role of social media algorithms in political campaigns yield insights for our media and information ecosystems. A key theme across these chapters is how right-wing channels and communications help and hinder partisan fragmentation, a condition whereby novice elected officials create personal conservative brands, appeal to the base through partisan media, and complicate senior leadership’s ability to engage in bargaining, compromise, and deal-making. This volume interrogates conservative media and messaging to track where these processes came from, how they functioned in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and where they may be going in the future.
This book will interest scholars and upper-level students of political communication, media and politics, and political science, as well as readers invested in today’s political media landscape in the United States.
Table of Contents
Sharon E. Jarvis
1 Placing Media in Conservative Culture 9
Matt Grossmann and David A. Hopkins
2 Conservatives and Race 26
Michael J. Lee
3 Conservatives and Party Labels 49
Jacob R. Neiheisel
4 Conservatives and the Tea Party 66
Joshua M. Scacco, David A. Weaver, and Eric C. Wiemer
5 Conservative Voters vs. Trump Supporters 89
Jay T. Jennings
6 Conservatives and Women 102
7 Conservatives and Incivility 119
8 Conservatives and Anger 137
Bryan T. Gervais and Irwin L. Morris
9 Conservatives and Twitter Bots 155
Michael W. Kearney
10 Conservatives and Asymmetric Polarization 166
11 Conservatives and News Feeds 177
12 Conservatives and Misinformation 193
Jessica R. Collier
Sharon E. Jarvis is Professor, Department of Communication Studies, and Associate Director of Research at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin. Her books include Votes That Count and Voters Who Don’t: How Journalists Sideline Electoral Participation (Without Even Knowing It) (with Soo-Hye Han), Political Keywords: Using Language that Uses Us (with Roderick P. Hart, Deborah Smith-Howell, and William Jennings), and Talk of the Party: Political Labels, Symbolic Capital & American Life. Her research focuses on political language, partisan communication, and persuasion.