Webinar #7: Character Assassination in Political Campaigns

Today, Eric Shiraev spoke with political campaign consultant Jason Jay Smart about the role of opposition research in campaigning, different government systems, and how the public gets primed to believe character attacks. The conversation spanned multiple countries and elections, so it's a must-watch for anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes of character attacks and politics. Watch …

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Trumpism as Brand Commodification

The so-called Trump Bump is a gift that keeps on giving. Traditional news outlets and their social media competitors for advertising dollars, liberals and conservatives, and even Trump and Putin all benefit from the commodification of public interest in the Trump White House.

The Benefits of Bureaucratic Leadership: When There is No Character to Assassinate

By Sergei Samoilenko In March 2017, Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most famous anti-corruption activist, and his Anti-Corruption Foundation launched a large-scale investigation campaign “Don’t Call Him Dimon.”  An investigative video posted on YouTube accused Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister and former president of Russia, of creating a corrupt network of charity foundations and soliciting bribes from …

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