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Kathleen Hall Jamieson

WFIU's Will Murphy talks to Kathleen Hall Jamieson about today's politics: rhetoric, media portrayal, and how to differentiate between fact and fake.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Aaron Cain, WFIU)


Kathleen Hall Jamieson is one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of political communication, including news coverage of elections, political parties, candidates, and campaigns. Her work focuses on what people know about politics, how the media portrays it, and how all of the above affect public policy. Jamieson is a Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, the Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jamieson’s has written numerous books such as Packaging the Presidency: A History and Criticism of Presidential Advertising (Oxford University Press, 1984), Eloquence in an Electronic Age (Oxford University Press, 1988), Spiral of Cynicism: The Press and the Public Good (Oxford University Press, 1997), Unspun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation (Random House, 2007), Presidents Creating the Presidency: Deeds Done in Words (University of Chicago Press, 2008), Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment (Oxford University Press, 2008), and The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election (Oxford University Press, 2010). Several of these books have received political science or communication book awards. She has also written dozens of Op Ed pieces for some of the most prestigious national media outlets, including the New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

She is the co-founder of and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, and director of The Sunnylands Constitution Project, which has produced more than 30 award-winning films on the Constitution for high school students.

Jamieson recently lectured in Bloomington as a guest of the William T. Patten Foundation. While on the IU campus, she came in to the WFIU studios and spoke with Will Murphy.

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