Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us about Donald J. Trump

In Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us about Donald J. Trump, ten highly-respected rhetoricians from around the country produce responses to the book’s title. Each chapter is written for readers who may or may not know anything about the study of rhetoric. The authors all take unique angles on Trump—including analyzing his persuasive uses of anti-Semitism, demagoguery, political sloganeering, and visual identity. The authors’ goal is to explain a little bit about rhetoric and to help readers understand what rhetoric can teach us about Trump. Specifically, about how he uses language, symbols, and even style to appeal to the people in his various audiences. Audiences, by the way, which now include billions of people and literally span the globe.

For more information about the contributors, chapters, and more, visit the book’s website at: www.trumpsrhetoric.com


Introduction to Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump 
Ryan Skinnell

Chapter 1: Demagoguery and the Donald's Duplicitous Victimhood
Michael J. Steudeman

Chapter 2: Who Owns Donald Trump’s Antisemitism? 
Ira Allen

Chapter 3: What Passes for Truth in the Trump Era: Telling It Like It Isn’t
Ryan Skinnell

Chapter 4: Rhetorics of Fear and Loathing: Donald Trump's Populist Style
Anna M. Young

Chapter 5: Charisma Isn’t Leadership, and Other Lessons We Can Learn from Trump the 
Patricia Roberts-Miller

Chapter 6: How #Trump Broke/red the Internet 
Collin Gifford Brooke

Chapter 7: Great Television: Trump and the Shadow Archetype 
Paul J. Achter
Chapter 8: Trump’s Not Just a Bad Apple: He’s Part of a Spoiled Bunch 
Jennifer Wingard

Chapter 9: Putting the Ass is Aspirational: Golf, Donald, and the Digital Ghosts of Scotland 
Davis W. Houck

Chapter 10: Donald Trump’s Perverse Political Rhetoric
Joshua Gunn

Notes, Contributors, References