The United States has intermittently experienced left- and right-wing populist movements that challenge established forms of corrupt political authority and promise to return America to the ideals of its founders and people. For those who might have hoped that the new century would bring an end to ideology or even to familiar ideological conflicts of the Left and the Right, the Tea Party movement and other forms of right-wing populism, in the U.S. and abroad, offer little hope of such a resolution. Most eruptions of populist anger are directed against elites and elite values; however, the most recent manifestations of populism are also characterized by the omnipresence of corporate media and the important role that popular media personalities play in actively promoting right-wing populism. Together, these insightful scholarly articles provide new understandings of contemporary right-wing populism, including the ways in which the media either have actively promoted such populism or, more passively, failed to challenge its ideas and political consequences. This collection will be useful for students of American politics as well as students of contemporary right-wing politics.
This book was published as a special issue of New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture.
1. Introduction: Right-Wing Populism and the Media 2. Objective but Not Impartial: Human Events, Barry Goldwater, and the Development of the “Liberal Media” in the Conservative Counter-Sphere 3. The “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”: Media and Conservative Networks 4. Tailoring Dissent on the Airwaves: The Role of Conservative Talk Radio in the Right-Wing Resurgence of 2010 5. New Challenges in the Study of Right-Wing Propaganda: Priming the Populist Backlash to “Hope and Change” 6. The Tea Party and the Crisis of Neoliberalism: Mainstreaming New Right Populism in the Corporate News Media 7. Mama Grizzlies Compete for Office 8. From McCarthyism to the Tea Party: Interpreting Anti-Leftist Forms of US Populism in Comparative Perspective 9. Rethinking Anti-Immigration Rhetoric after the Oslo and Utøya Terror Attacks 10. Commentary: “Keep Your Government Hands Off My Medicare!”: An Analysis of Media Effects on Tea Party Health Care Politics