Politics & Government Research

“Alt-Lite” Bloggers and the Conservative Ecosystem

February 20, 2018, 9:30 am
By Tyler Bridges, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017), Reporter, The New Orleans Advocate
Twitter: @tegbridges

Introduction This research paper examines the important role that “alt-lite” bloggers play in promoting, amplifying, and fortifying Donald Trump’s anti-establishment message to his conservative supporters. Counter-Narratives from the Right The big news was released early that morning, and it was…

Political Journalism in a Populist Age

December 11, 2017, 9:00 am
Claes H. de Vreese, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and Professor and Chair of Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam
Twitter:@claesdevreese

A new paper by Claes H. de Vreese, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and Professor and Chair of Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam, provides an overview of the types and causes of populist movements. He offers 10 tips…

Report on Network Sunday Morning Talk Show Content and Ratings, Comparing 1983, 1999, and 2015

September 6, 2017, 8:40 am
By Matthew A. Baum, Kalb Professor of Global Communication

Executive Summary We studied the content and Nielsen ratings for interviews on the three network Sunday morning talk shows—Meet the Press (henceforth MTP), Face the Nation (FTN), and This Week (TW). We compared three time periods—1983 (MTP, FTN), 1999 (all…

Black Pigeon Speaks: The Anatomy of the Worldview of an Alt-Right YouTuber

June 28, 2017, 8:30 am
By Zack Exley, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), organizer, author and former senior advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign

Disclaimer: This paper contains offensive content. “Alt-right” views quoted in this paper are not endorsed by the Shorenstein Center. A new paper by Zack Exley, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), organizer and author dives into a little-known part of the…

In Search of Unbiased Reporting in Light of Brexit, Trump and Other Reporting Challenges in the UK and US

June 13, 2017, 8:45 am
Helen Boaden, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), and former BBC News and BBC Radio director

A new paper by Helen Boaden, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), and former BBC News and BBC Radio director, compares the BBC’s value of impartiality to the American value of objectivity in journalism, and the pressures placed on both in their…

News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

May 18, 2017, 9:00 am
By Thomas E. Patterson
Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions…

News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters

December 7, 2016, 5:00 am
By Thomas E. Patterson
Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative in tone…

News Coverage of the 2016 National Conventions: Negative News, Lacking Context

September 21, 2016, 5:00 am
By Thomas E. Patterson
Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions, and whether this coverage, which was overwhelmingly negative, best served the needs of the…

News Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Primaries: Horse Race Reporting Has Consequences

July 11, 2016, 6:00 am
By Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of the 2016 presidential primary races and how it affected the candidates’ chances of winning the nomination, concluding that coverage of the…

Pre-Primary News Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Race: Trump’s Rise, Sanders’ Emergence, Clinton’s Struggle

June 13, 2016, 6:00 am
By Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of the 2016 presidential candidates in the year leading up to the primaries. This crucial period, labeled “the invisible primary” by political…