Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s “The Demise of ‘Fact’ in Political Discourse” will explore the ways in which fact, and institutions that are “custodians of the knowable,” have come under partisan attack, and ways in which duplicitous political advertising can undermine governance. She argues that two principal stratagems are at play, including: (1) transforming palatable deceptions into presumably powerful ads and (2) drowning any corrections offered by opponents or expert knowledge-certifying communities in a wash of manipulative messaging. She concludes, “These means of controlling the communication environment increase the likelihood that the so-called reality creators will be able to highjack the issue agenda, manipulate the contours of legislation, foreclose desirable policy options, and thwart the public will.”

This free lecture will take place in Fred W. Smith Forum on the second floor of the Reynolds Journalism Institute (401 S. 9th St.) from 3 to 4 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture.


This event is sponsored by the Political Communication Institute, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Mizzou Advantage, Kinder Institute, Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endownment for the Humanities.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the International Communication Association, Jamieson is the author or co-author of 16 books including: "Presidents Creating the Presidency" (University of Chicago Press, 2008), "Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment" (Oxford, 2008) and "unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation" (Random House, 2007). Written with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy, Jamieson's "The Obama Victory" (Oxford, 2010) was the winner of an American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in government and politics and the International Communication Association's outstanding book award. Jamieson has won teaching awards at each of the three universities at which she has taught and political science or communication awards for five of her books. She is co-founder of FactCheck.org, which researches the veracity of claims made by political players. Its SciCheck feature was launched in 2015 to expose the misuse of scientific evidence in political discourse.


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