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Farnsworth Publishes Book on Political Humor and the Presidency

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of a new book, Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency, published by Routledge Press.

The publisher’s description: “Political humor has been a staple of late-night television for decades. The Trump White House, however, has received significantly greater attention than that of past presidents, such as Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and even Bill Clinton. In response to Trump’s strident politics, late-night comics, including Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon, have sounded key policy notes, further blurring the boundary between news and satire. Weekly humorists, including John Oliver and Samantha Bee, extend the critique with in-depth probing of key issues, while Saturday Night Live continues to tap the progression from outrage to outrageousness.”

“Using unique content analysis techniques and qualitative discussions of political humor, Farnsworth and Lichter show how late-night political humor, and these seven programs in particular, have responded to the Trump presidency. Employing a dataset of more than 100,000 late night jokes going back decades, these noted media scholars discuss how the treatment of Trump differs from previous presidents, and how the Trump era is likely to shape the future of political humor. The authors also employ public opinion survey data to consider the growing role these late-night programs play in framing public opinion and priorities. This book will interest scholars, the curious public, and students of politics, communications and the media, and contemporary American culture.”

Ordering info

Feature story on the book

“Viewpoints” radio interview on book (10 minutes into the program)

An Early Look at the 2021 Gubernatorial Race (WVTF)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says Delegate Carroll Foy is smart to get in early. “There are a lot of people who are always eyeing the governor’s office,” Farnsworth says. “And the sooner you get in perhaps the better, particularly if you are trying to make a name for yourself in a statewide contest and you’ve only served in a lower visibility role.”

Link to report

Trump’s sales pitch: I’ve got a list for you (Politico)

Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and the author of “Presidential Communication and Character,” called Trump's strategy "the political version of a real estate agent trying to say, look at the size of the bedrooms, look at the size of the yard or the school district. The longer the list is, the more likely someone can find something or someone on that list to like."

Trump’s sales pitch: I’ve got a list for you (Politico) 

Northam appears in public without a mask (WMAL)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that the governor’s decision not to wear a mask while posing for photographs with people enjoying Virginia Beach last weekend does not help convince Virginians to follow the Commonwealth’s rules regarding mask use in public.

Farnsworth Comments in the Regional and National News

Farnsworth Comments in the Regional and National News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Trump’s sales pitch: I’ve got a list for you (Politico)

An Early Look at the 2021 Gubernatorial Race (WVTF)

Study: COVID-19 Deaths Concentrated in Urban Areas Represented by Democrats (US News [...]

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Trump Blasts Efforts to Expand Absentee Voting During Pandemic (Courthouse News Service)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, wasn’t surprised by the increased absentee turnout. In a phone interview, he said voters not only enjoy the convenience and safety of voting by mail, but it is commonplace even in some red states.

“Trump is trying to make absentee voting a partisan issue but it’s really not. Some of the most Republican states in the country have mail-in ballot systems statewide,” Farnsworth said about the president’s Twitter outburst. 

Trump Blasts Efforts to Expand Absentee Voting During Pandemic (Courthouse News Service)