From Taft to Trump: How Conservative Media Activists Won -- and Lost -- the GOP
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 9:00am to 11:00am
Building 56, 114
21 AMES ST, Cambridge, MA 02139
As Donald Trump built his lead in the Republican primaries, the editors of National Review came out with an entire "Against Trump" issue, a full-throated -- and ultimately ineffective -- denunciation of the GOP nominee. Soon conservative media personalities were taking sides, culminating in the hiring of Breitbart's Steve Bannon to run the Trump campaign.
But the centrality of conservative media to presidential politics is not a new development. As early as the 1950s, conservative media activists were organizing third-party tickets, promoting presidential candidates, and encouraging their audiences to cast votes based on ideology rather than party. In this talk, Nicole Hemmer will explain how conservative media activists won the GOP for the right ??? and how in the era of Trump, they lost it.
Nicole Hemmer is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia's Miller Center and a research associate at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Her book, Messengers of the Right, a history of conservative media in the United States, was published in Penn Press in September 2016.