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March 4, 2021

In the Media

In the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, Ceren Budak, University of Michigan; Ashley Muddiman, University of Kansas; and Natalie (Talia) Stroud, University of Texas at Austin, discussed their analysis of how television media, particularly partisan media, have covered the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the Boston Globe, Kurt Braddock, American University, described a study that “inoculated” people against hate. In The Conversation, Braddock also argued that language can incite violence. 

On WIFR, Ferald Bryan, Northern Illinois University, compared Joe Biden’s and Donald Trump’s inaugural addresses. 

On Fox17,  Dustin Carnahan, Michigan State University, and Robert Yoon, University of Michigan, commented on the value of local news in an era of widespread media distrust. 

Richard Cherwitz, University of Texas at Austin, in an Iowa City Press-Citizen op-ed argued that Trump’s presidency may be defined by hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths, rather than rhetoric. 

In West Hawaii Today, Katherine R. Cooper, DePaul University, noted that partnerships between non-profits can lead to creative and collaborative solutions to social problems. 

On ABC24, Amanda Nell Edgar, University of Memphis, explained Facebook’s motivations for limiting certain kinds of speech on its platform. 

In Quartz, Jennifer Gibbs, University of California, Santa Barbara, commented on the limitations that digital tools have in the workplace. 

In USA Today, Myra Gutin, Rider University, described how Dr. Jill Biden will fulfill the duties associated with being First Lady while teaching. 

In a segment on KPCC, Marian Houser, Texas State University, weighed in on how the lack of touch during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us and how virtual communication can help us cope. 

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania, suggested in the Washington Post that Pete Buttigieg’s appointment as Secretary of Transportation could be an opportunity to better define that role publicly. 

On CNBC, Kathleen Kendall, University of Maryland, contrasted the tones of Joe Biden’s and Donald Trump’s inaugural addresses. 

In the Texas Standard, Stephanie Martin, Southern Methodist University, and Richard Pineda, University of Texas, El Paso, commented on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State address. 

On ABC, Bree McEwan, DePaul University, explained why conspiracy theories appeal to some people. 

On KRCG, Mitchell McKinney, University of Missouri, discussed the challenges that President Joe Biden may face when trying to bring the nation together. 

In USA Today, Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University, weighed in on how Donald Trump’s presidency will be remembered. Mercieca also spoke with the Texas Standard about Biden’s inaugural address. 

In Men’s Health, Jessica Gall Myrick, Pennsylvania State University, explained the appeal of a young Minnesota farmer’s YouTube videos about farming.

In a Dangerous Speech Project essay, Jessy Ohl, University of Alabama, examined the January 6 insurrection and the Far Right’s veneration of Ashli Babbitt, who died during the event.   

Natalie Pennington, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, commented to KTNV about the violence promoted on the social media app Parler. 

Allison Prasch, University of Wisconsin Madison, spoke with Public News Service about Joe Biden’s inaugural address. 

On FOX4, Joshua Scacco, University of South Florida, discussed the conflict between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Biden Administration over vaccine distribution. 

On KAIT8, Sarah Scott, Arkansas State University, explained the importance of clear masks for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. 

Timothy Shaffer, Kansas State University, joined a panel about the 2020 election and the U.S. political climate, as reported in the Kansas State Collegian

In the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, Anita Vangelisti, University of Texas at Austin, weighed in on the importance of location when single people are seeking compatible partners. 

Ben Warner, University of Missouri, commented in Time magazine on the political divisions that some families have felt during the Trump administration.