Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us about Donald J. Trump
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About the Author
Dr. Ryan Skinnell has published a number of books, including Conceding Composition: A Crooked History of Composition's Institutional Fortunes (Utah State University Press, 2016) and co-edited What We Wish We'd Known: Negotiating Graduate School (Fountainhead Press, 2015). He is the book review editor for Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society and is currently co-editing two books: Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies and Bureaucracy: A Love Story. Dr. Skinnell has also written about Donald Trump's rhetoric for The Washington Monthly and the University Press of Colorado Blog.
David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winner
"Faking the News brilliantly and simply explains how Trump weaponizes language, diverting attention from issues to stir emotions like anger and resentment. These ten chapters will enable you to understand what makes his rhetoric, simplistic as it is, so effective in rousing supporters."
- Pamela Keith, former Judge Advocate for US Navy
"As a student of Rhetoric, and a candidate for political office, I have heard and seen many attempts to analyze how Donald Trump was able to convince so many people of things that were either fundamentally untrue or functionally impossible. This book digs deeper and gets it right. The Trump phenomenon is not merely about a person, but a political environment, nurtured over many years and exploited by savvy operatives able to fuel the rhetoric of personal grievance. It also aptly addresses the
- Rick Wilson, columnist for The Daily Beast
"Faking the News is a valuable addition to the growing field of analysis of both Trump's conscious and intuitive use of rhetoric, propaganda, and branding in America's profoundly disrupted politics. These essays are full of revelatory 'So that's why he does that!' moments, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Trump's language and his dark but brilliant manipulation of the American body politic."