Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at International Affairs at University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). This statewide teaching award recognizes 12 outstanding college and university professors from across the Commonwealth each year.
Trump will Probably be the Most Ridiculed President Ever (“Monkey Cage,” Washington Post)
By Stephen J. Farnsworth, S. Robert Lichter and Deanne Canieso
Donald Trump takes office as the most ridiculed presidential candidate in the history of late-night television talk shows. Not only did he far surpass the number of jokes directed at his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, but he even exceeded the totals aimed at Bill Clinton during his scandal-plagued presidency two decades ago.
A new analysis of late-night humor by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found that the New York developer was the subject of 1,817 jokes between Jan. 1, 2016 and Nov. 11, 2016, a few days after Election Day. That’s more than triple the 506 jokes directed at Hillary Clinton. Going back to the 1992 contest, CMPA found that comedians have never focused on a presidential candidate the way they have on Trump.
“I do not know how much dark money there is out there in state races in Virginia,” University of Mary Washington political scientist Stephen Farnsworth said. “But there will be more in 2017 than ever before, I’m sure. As you say, the state’s laws are loose enough that many donors do not feel constrained under current law. But giving in private mode has its advantages for some high profile donors who do not like to call public attention to their investments in politicians.”
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said the harsh rhetoric used by President Trump when talking about trade often goes much farther than the policies the administration actually pursues on trade. Farnsworth predicted that the president’s latest criticisms of Canadian trade policies relating to dairy and lumber were launched for domestic political consumption in the US, not should not be relied upon as a marker for what the administration is likely to do.
Higher education’s role in today’s politically charged era of misinformation and fake news will be debated by three prominent experts at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The 7 p.m. panel discussion to be held in Dodd Auditorium of George Washington Hall will be moderated by Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and international relations, and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at UMW.
Panelists are Sara Cobb, director of the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University; Julian Hayter, a historian at the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies; and Audrey Watters, a journalist specializing in education technology news and analysis, and editor of Hack Education.
The discussion is among a week of activities to celebrate the inauguration of UMW’s 10th president, Troy Paino, who will be installed Friday, April 21.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a research paper titled “President Obama’s Use of New Media: Enacting the Affordable Care Act and Defining Presidential Character” at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Vancouver, Canada.
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Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a U.S. State Department lecture titled “Politics, Media and the American Political System” for Chinese journalists visiting the U.S. as part of the federal government’s Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for International Journalism.
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