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A Prime Minister, A Scandal, and the Assassination of a Country’s Reputation

By Neofytos Aspriadis Photo Credit: Euractiv * Part I Character assassination of states is defined as “the pursuit of sovereign states to destroy the reputation and image of their opponents and enemies.” This term refers to both the process and outcome of a defamation campaign undertaken against the image of an enemy state. In the …

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CARP Debates: Depp v. Heard

https://api.time.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/GettyImages-1240940929.jpg Actor Johnny Depp smiles and gestures towards spectators in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, May 27, 2022. (Getty Images/Steve Helber) Was Johnny Depp's recent legal victory over ex-wife Amber Heard a victory the court of public opinion? CARP Facebook group members Nancy Snow and Rod Carveth offer two contrasting perspectives. By Deirdre …

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Brian Flores: Attention-Seeker or Victim

By Jeffrey Kafka Jr and Camilla Bracamonte Feature photo: Licensed under 2022 Miami Dolphins Ltd. Ex Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores has filed a lawsuit against the NFL on the fact of Racial Discrimination during the process of hiring new coaches in the NFL. Brian Flores said that he felt “the decision has already been …

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Banking on Bill Gates

By Jennifer Keohane Leadership vacuums beg to be filled, and the void in the coronavirus response from the Trump White House was black-hole-sized. As the government fiddled while the country was ravaged, tech billionaires stepped into the spotlight. Their philanthropic giving has raised ethical questions about undue influence on the government, but it is undeniable …

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Character Assassination and Reputation Management: Theory and Applications

By Eric B. Shiraev, Jennifer Keohane, Martijn Icks, Sergei A. Samoilenko, 2021 The first textbook in the field of study offers the original comprehensive examination of character assassination. Featuring an extensive glossary of key terms, critical thinking exercises, and summaries to encourage problem-based learning, Character Assassination and Reputation Management will prove invaluable to the undergraduate and postgraduate students in communication, political …

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Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management

Edited by Sergei A. Samoilenko, Martijn Icks, Jennifer Keohane, Eric B. Shiraev, 2020. The Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management offers the first comprehensive examination of character assassination. Moving beyond studying corporate reputation management and how public figures enact and maintain their reputation, this lively volume offers a framework and cases to help understand, critically …

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The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda

Edited by Paul Baines, Nicholas O’Shaughnessy, and Nancy Snow Forthcoming 2020 There is some controversy over what role propaganda plays and whether or not it radicalizes people to take part in these actions. This deserves much further exploration in this volume. Most believe propaganda has a strong role to play in radicalization given its traditional …

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Character Assassination throughout the Ages

Edited by Martijn Icks and Eric Shiraev Using a variety of cases from history and today’s life, the book examines character attackers targeting the private lives, behavior, values, and identity of their victims. Numerous historical examples show that character assassination has always been a very effective weapon to win political battles or settle personal scores. …

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Communist Rhetoric and Feminist Voices in Cold War America

By Jennifer Keohane This book tells the story of a group of women affiliated with the United States Communist Party (CPUSA) who used a variety of rhetorical resources to build credibility and transform the party into a vibrant dwelling place for feminist discourse and activism during a conservative period. It evidences Communist women’s significant and …

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A Rhetoric of Divisive Partisanship

The 2016 American Presidential Campaign Discourse of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump By Colleen Elizabeth Kelly This book examines the campaign speeches of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as they targeted members of the American public that were ideologically different but equally emotionally vulnerable. Each appealed to marginalized segments of the electorate, groups at opposite …

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