This volume examines the effects of Donald Trump’s presidency on journalistic practices, rhetoric, and discourses. Rooted in critical theory and cultural studies, it asks what life may be like without Trump, not only for journalism but also for American society more broadly.

The book places perspectives and tensions around the Trump presidency in one spot, focusing on the underlying ideological forces in tensions around media trust, Trumpism, and the role of journalism in it all. It explores how journalists dealt with racist rhetoric from the White House, relationships between the Office of the President and social media companies, citizens, and journalists themselves, while questioning whether journalism has learned the right lessons for the future. More importantly, chapters on liberal media "bias," the First 100 Days of the Biden Presidency, gender, and race, and how journalists should adopt measures to "reduce harm" hint as to where politics and journalism may go next.

Reshaping the scholarly and public discourse about where we are headed in terms of the presidency and publics, social media, and journalism, this book will be an important resource for scholars and graduate students of journalism, media studies, communication studies, political science, race and ethnic studies and sociology.

chapter |27 pages


How Trump Tested the Press, They Failed, and We Wonder, “Now What?”
ByRobert E. Gutsche

part I|98 pages

Trumpism and Its Attack(s) on Journalism

chapter 1|19 pages

The Politics of Fear After Trump

ByDavid L. Altheide

chapter 2|17 pages

Conservative News Audiences

A Lack of Media Trust and How They Think Journalism Can Improve
ByJessica R. Collier, Gina M. Masullo, Marley Duchovnay

chapter 3|17 pages

Media Distrust and Republican Identity in Trump's Wake

ByLindsey Meeks

chapter 4|23 pages

American and Cuban

Cuban-Origin Voters' Interpretations of Trump and the “Socialist” Media Frame in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election
ByHannah Artman, Sallie Hughes

chapter 5|20 pages

Counter-net of Tomorrow?

Right-Wing Responses to Deplatforming Trump
ByPrashanth Bhat

part II|72 pages

Journalism's (Failed) Responses to Trump

chapter 6|27 pages

Shifting the Frame

Trump's “Big Lies,” Misogyny, and Cultural War Escalation
ByPam Creedon

chapter 7|26 pages

Donald Trump and the Rhetoric of Dis-information

COVID-19, China, and Coverage of His Comments
ByStephen Heidt

chapter 8|17 pages

The Trump Effect on Rural Communities and Their Newspapers

In Retrospect and On Recovery
ByAl Cross

part III|75 pages

Journalism and Politics in Opposition to Trumpism

chapter 9|20 pages

UnFoxing Market Failure

Complicating Media Matters for America's #UnFoxMyCableBox Campaign for Digital Activism
BySydney Forde

chapter 11|17 pages

From Chaos and Cage Fighting to Quiet and Calm

How Trump and Biden Changed Journalism's Relationship with the Presidency
ByFred Blevens

chapter 12|19 pages

Returning to Neoliberal Normalcy

Analysis of Legacy News Media's Coverage of the Biden Presidency's First Hundred Days
ByNolan Higdon, Emil Marmol, Mickey Huff

part IV|75 pages

Journalism's Ideological & Practical Crisis

chapter 13|19 pages

Media and White Supremacy After 45

Is Anti-Racist Journalism Possible?
ByKatherine M. Bell

chapter 14|18 pages

Not Two Sides of the Same Coin

Avoiding False Equivalencies Teaching Political Journalism After Trump
ByJesse Benn, Jeff Tischauser

chapter 15|21 pages

It's Time Journalists Take “Minimize Harm” Seriously

Lessons from the Trump Era
ByPerry Parks

chapter 16|15 pages

Trump, COVID-19, and Authoritarian Populism

The Future of U.S. Technopolitics
ByDouglas Kellner