Believe me: Political propaganda in the age of Trump

Gary D. Rawnsley

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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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Political Propaganda
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781789906424
    ISBN (Print)9781789906417
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (all)


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