All posts by Rob Cline

For the Media, Popularity is an Uphill Climb

The Trump administration has called the media dishonest, fake, and unreliable, and it’s clear that these attacks are designed to undercut the legitimacy of the mainstream media. This is the administration’s strategy for winning over public opinion: shut down criticism by going after the credibility

When Propaganda Turns “Presidential”

Last Tuesday, Donald Trump gave a joint address to Congress to discuss his progress so far as president and his plans going forward. Most of the mainstream media reacted quite positively to the speech, deeming Trump “presidential,” and saying his speech was even “inspirational.” But,

The Lügenpresse: How to Quell a Vestige of Hate

God forbid you spend any time on a white-nationalist 4Chan or Reddit page, you’ll probably see the word “Lügenpresse.” Some might recall Trump supporters yelling the word at journalists at a rally last year. Increasingly, Trump supporters and the alt-right have adopted the term to

John Oliver’s New “Info Wars”

Comedian John Oliver’s HBO series Last Week Tonight made its comeback this past Sunday, broadcasting for the first time since the election. As expected, the liberal bastion dedicated the show’s main segment to the new administration as opposed to the usual, as Oliver puts it,

Is the President too Powerful? Ask the Media

Although the founding fathers, who denounced monarchy, intended for the Congress to be the most powerful institution in government, the executive branch has since taken that title for itself. Especially in the modern political era – the latter half of the 20th century to now