Farnsworth Coauthors Disinformation Book

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is coauthor of a new book, Producing News in a Time of Disinformation: Information Evaluation Strategies for Journalists and News Consumers, which has been published by the U.S. International Research and Exchanges Board. The book is Professor Farnsworth's ninth, and it is designed to help citizens, journalists, and journalism students identify and respond to disinformation. The book is now available online for free in English at the links below. (It will be available for free download in in Russian in the coming weeks.

In addition, recent media mentions for Farnsworth include:

The Kennedys: a commitment to public service with great sacrifices (El Espectador of Columbia)
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science at the University of Mary Washington, spoke with El Espectador about the legacy of the Kennedy family in politics, two lives cut short in some of the greatest “what could have been” futures for the United States.

Is Robert F. Kennedy Jr the force that will revitalize the family clan in politics? (El Espectador of Columbia)

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington who has written nine books on media and presidency, explains that the influence of the Kennedys is strong in the current political terrain. “I believe that Joe Biden, in many ways, was one of those young people who were energized by the idealism of the Kennedy years. He became senator shortly after Bobby Kennedy was assassinated and when there was a more liberal vision about what the Democrat Party could be than there was a decade or two later.”


Voters didn’t have a say in nearly 75% of local Central Virginia races this year — because there weren’t enough candidates (Charlottesville Tomorrow)

“I don’t think anyone grows up dreaming of being screamed at until one in the morning by angry crowds at town meetings or school board sessions,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “But increasingly, that’s the price of admission.”


The next step in Virginia’s abortion rights battle: a constitutional amendment (NBC News)

“One of the realities that we sometimes see in politics these days is that popular ideas don’t necessarily reach a consensus across party lines,” said Stephen Farnsworth, political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “So going to the voters might be a way to resolve, once and for all, some of these issues.”


The first Black speaker of the House of Delegates takes pride in his rural roots (Cardinal News)
Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said that Scott’s background and willingness to connect with Republican legislators from Southwest is unusual for a Democrat, but it could benefit both sides. “Given the fact that the Southwest Virginia delegation is almost entirely Republican, the political influence of the region is greatest when there is a Republican majority. And because Democrats tend to do poorly in the region, a number of Democrats might not be interested in focusing on the region’s concerns,” Farnsworth said.

A look at the General Assembly’s new leadership for 2024 (WVTF)

“Sometimes once you have been speaker, you either choose not to be minority leader or the party chooses for you,” Farnsworth says. “Former Speaker Gilbert’s decision to continue to remain in leadership suggests an optimism about Republican prospects in the next election cycle.”


Don Scott to become Virginia’s first Black House speaker as Hampton Roads’ legislators take center stage (The Virginian-Pilot)

That’s good news for Hampton Roads, said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington.


Spanberger, Stoney prepare for showdown in governor’s race (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“Congresswoman Spanberger won a difficult district a year ago and is likely seen more like a winner right now than Stoney,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg.


Kilgore to challenge Gilbert for House Republican leader (Cardinal News)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said that it is common after a party loses a majority for there to be a conversation about leadership change.