I’m teaching a course in May and June called The Media in the Age of Trump, and I’m trying to flesh out my reading list. I’ll be asking my students to subscribe to The Washington Post (because it’s free for anyone with an .edu email address), and I have a number of worthwhile readings already chosen. Although I probably won’t assign all of these, I am listing them below.
What else would you recommend? In a perfect world, I would have two or three in-depth, evidence-based pieces arguing that President Trump is getting a raw deal from the press.
- “David Fahrenthold tells the behind-the-scenes story of his year covering Trump,” David Fahrenthold, Washington Post, Dec. 29, 2016
- “Winter Is Coming: Prospects for the American Press Under Trump,” parts one and two, by Jay Rosen, PressThink, Dec. 28 and 30, 2016
- “What So Many People Don’t Get about the U.S. Working Class,” by Joan C. Williams, Harvard Business Review, Nov. 10, 2016
- “Chill, America. Not every Trump outrage is outrageous,” by Tom Nichols, Washington Post, Feb. 2, 2017
- “How to Build an Autocracy,” David Frum, The Atlantic, March 2017
- “We Cannot Tolerate Legal and Personal Attacks on Journalists For Doing Their Jobs,” by Michael Oreskes, NPR.org, Jan. 17, 2017
- “Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All,” by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, July 25, 2016
- “How the Haters and Losers Lost,” by McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed, July 17, 2016
- “Donald Trump and the Rise of Tribal Epistemology,” by David Roberts, Vox, April 16, 2017
- “Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda,” by Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, Hal Roberts, and Ethan Zuckerman, Columbia Journalism Review, March 3, 2017
- “How Bannon’s multimedia machine drove a movement and paid him millions,” by
- “Is Trump Trolling the White House Press Corps?,” by Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, March 20, 2017
- “CNN Had a Problem. Trump Solved It,” by Jonathan Mahler, New York Times Magazine, April 4, 2017
- “The 1.6 Billion Dollar Hoax,” by Ken Bensinger, Jason Leopold and Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed, March 15, 2017
- “Reporters, Don’t Let Baby Donald Make You Cry,” by Jack Shafer, Politico, Feb. 27, 2017
- “Bannon molded Breitbart into a far-right sledgehammer. How will it be wielded in the Trump era?,” by
- “Has the White House press office’s silence become a weapon in its war on the media?,” by Paul Farhi, Washington Post, Feb. 20, 2017
- “What the post-Trump debate over journalism gets wrong,” by Tom Rosenstiel, Brookings Institution, Dec. 20, 2016
- “News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters,” by Thomas E. Patterson, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Dec. 7, 2016
Please offer your suggestions at the Facebook version of this post. Or send an email to me at dan dot kennedy at northeastern dot edu.