1st Edition

The Trump Presidency, Journalism, and Democracy

Edited By Robert E. Gutsche Jr. Copyright 2018
    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the disruptive nature of Trump news – both the news his administration makes and the coverage of it – related to dominant paradigms and ideologies of U.S. journalism. By relying on conceptualizations of media memory and "othering" through news coverage that enhances socio-conservative positions on issues such as immigration, the book positions this moment in a time of contestation. Contributors ranging from scholars, professionals, and media critics operate in unison to analyze today’s interconnected challenges to traditional practices within media spheres posed by Trump news. The outcomes should resonate with citizens who rely on journalism for civic engagement and who are active in social change



    Translating Trump: How to Discuss the Complications of Covering New Presidential Politics

    (Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. )


    Part I: Challenges to Journalistic Norms, Practices & Social Cohesion

    1. Donald Trump and the War on Media: From Election ‘16 into the Trump Presidency

    (Douglas Kellner)

    2. News Boundaries of ‘Fakiness’ and the Challenged Imaginative Power of Journalistic Authority

    (Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. )

    3. Civil War in Donald Trump’s America: Conversations About Media and Mayhem on Main Street, USA

    (Robert E. Pierre)

    4. Haktology, Trump, and News Practices

    (Leon Barkho)

    Part II: Journalism During Difficult Discourse

    5. Who, From Where?: TV Network News Coverage of Immigration Narratives During Trump’s First 100 Days

    (Jennifer Hoewe, Geri Alumit Zeldes, and Brian J. Bowe)

    6. By Any Other Name: White-Supremacist Terrorism in the Trump Era

    (Katherine M. Bell)

    7. The Hell That Black People Live: Trump’s Reports to Journalists on Urban Conditions

    (Carolyn Guniss)

    8. Media Narratives of Gender in the Contentious Conservative Age of Trump

    (Pam Creedon)

    Part III: Trump, Rhetoric & Understanding Amid Media Fragmentation

    9. The Origins of Trump’s "Alternative Reality": A Brief History of the Breitbart Effect

    (Frank Durham)

    10. Advertisements in the Age of Hyper-partisan Media: A Case Study of Breitbart’s #Dumpkelloggs Campaign

    (Prashanth Bhat)

    11. Scapegoater-in-Chief: Racist Undertones of Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Repertoire

    (Stephen J. Heidt)

    Part IV: Journalistic Recovery Post-Trump: Lessons Learned



    Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. is a Senior Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice at Lancaster University, UK. A journalist since 1996, his scholarship surrounds the cultural and social meanings of news and has appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism, and Journalism Studies.

    "This snapshot is valuable, given the rapidity of new controversies, new slights and breaches of tradition, and new debates among the press corps as to how to handle it all—surely, the stuff of many volumes to come"

    - Matt Carlson, University of Minnesota