Spring 2018

The Media and the 2016 Campaign

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-120


Masha Gessen (Section 01)


[IL, SC] We all know that the American media failed the American public during the 2016 election – or do we? Is it the job of the media to predict election outcomes accurately (or at all)? Is it up to journalists to alert the nation to the threat it faces? Are media professionals there to entertain, educate, or report impartially? And while we are at it, what is it to report impartially? This course will explore the assumptions that underlie journalism as it is practiced and consumed in the United States. Then, we will look at what went wrong, or what didn’t go wrong – what happened – with and in the media during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Gessen.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to fourth-year students, then to a balance of first-through-third-year students, randomly determined, then to 5-college students.


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2018