Believe me: Political propaganda in the age of Trump

Rawnsley, G.D. (2021) Believe me: Political propaganda in the age of Trump. In: UNSPECIFIED Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 51-66. ISBN 9781789906424, 9781789906417

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President Trump called on his listeners to believe him, his use of this epistrophe revealing a need to emphasise his credentials and experience. Trump was president in a post-truth environment, characterised by claims of 'alternative facts' and 'fake news', circulating faster than ever before through social media networks and distributed by a 'mainstream media' that exists in a symbiotic relationship with both the political culture and the information found on social media platforms. Using the framework offered by the Seven Propaganda Devices, first categorised by the Institute of Propaganda Analysis in 1937, this chapter analyses the 'weaponisation' of information by President Trump and his administration and their war on the media, concluding that news journalism in America is as responsible for the rise of Trump as the voters who elected him.

© Gary D. Rawnsley, Yiben Ma and Kruakae Pothong 2021. All rights reserved.

Keywords:Donald Trump, American politics, Propaganda, Politics
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science
College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:02 Aug 2023 12:53

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