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The liberal field of journalism and the political – The New York Times, Fox News and the Tea Party

Jutel, Olivier (2015) The liberal field of journalism and the political – The New York Times, Fox News and the Tea Party. Journalism, Online . pp. 1-17. ISSN 1464-8849

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This article looks at the challenge posed to the liberal field of journalism by Tea Party populism and Fox News’ attempt to claim the cultural capital of journalism. The Tea Party have defied expectations of a political and rhetorical normalization, declaring liberalism and the New York Times as iredeemable enemies of the populist people. The Times’ coverage of the Tea Party, analyzed in this article, assumes an importance beyond merely covering a political story as it articulates the present state of the field and its understanding of the political. What this author finds is a normative liberal universalist interpretation of the Tea Party movement between the pessimissm of Lippmann or the redemptive humanism of Dewey. The populists are either treated as irrational pseudo-political actors or the credibility of the field is bestowed upon them as the redemptive embodiment of democracy. Neither approach is able to explain populism’s immutable antagonism at an ontological level or the persistence of the Tea Party’s fetishized notion of an America reconciled in private property.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Olivier Jutel
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2015 22:13
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 03:39

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