Interview Archive: Hate Speech and Propaganda

Journalists as Hate Object

June 17, 2020

Deutsches Haus at NYU and La Maison Française NYU

“Journalists as Hate Object: Populism, Authoritarianism, and the Free Press.”

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“With a white nationalist in the White House stoking hatred and 400+ million guns in circulation, America is in uncharted terrain.”

CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, August 5, 2019

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“Trump is a marketing master…he’s very dangerous because he knows exactly how to communicate.”

“Trump is a marketing master…he’s very dangerous because he knows exactly how to communicate.”

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“The problem is that Trump has made it clear since the campaign that the public he is speaking to, the public he wants to impress, that he cares about, is a public that is not interested in human rights, in democracy and in loving one’s neighbor.”

CNN.com, October 29, 2018

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“If you know the authoritarian playbook you are able to find almost nothing [Trump] does surprising.”

Background Briefing podcast with Ian Masters, October 25, 2018

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“(Stephen) Miller enhances the president’s self-image – “leader glorification”, says Ben-Ghiat, underscoring a core message – “He’s your saviour.”

BBC News, January 23, 2018

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“Every authoritarian needs to spread his own version of reality, and will invest time and resources to discredit anyone else’s.”

PolitiFact, January 22, 2018

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“If you can take down American democracy—it clearly encourages them to act worse.”

Newsweek, January 17, 2018

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“Republicans now see partisan beliefs as ‘fake,’ and they have also bought into Trump’s cult of personality credo that anything or anyone critiquing him is not real.”

Politico, January 16, 2018

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“It’s [fake news] anything that contradicts with a leader’s version of reality,” she said, pointing to the situation in Myanmar. “You can will away genocide, you can will away events that you didn’t want people to know happened.”

Politico, December 8, 2018

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