As a timely portrait of international perceptions and media coverage of the United States, this comprehensive collection reveals the global effects of the tumultuous environments and controversial views promoted during the Donald J. Trump presidency.More than thirty accomplished and prominent media, communication, and journalism scholars represent twenty countries with methodically researched assessments of their respective country’s major national newspapers, social media, or comprehensive public opinion surveys. Together, these analyses offer a unique cross-cultural approach that helps students and scholars understand the image of the USA and President Trump through the eyes of politicians, media personalities, and ordinary people across the globe.
Yahya R. Kamalipour is a noted global media and communication scholar and current professor of communications and former chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina A&T State University. For 28 years he served as professor and head of the Department of Communication and Creative Arts, Purdue University Northwest. His areas of interest and research include globalization, media impact, international communication, Middle East media, and new communication technologies. He has published eighteen books, including the acclaimed Global Communication: A Multicultural Perspective (3rd edition), Global Discourse in Fractured Times, and Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age. He has served as an international consultant for several colleges and universities and on advisory/editorial boards of a dozen prominent communication journals. He is founding director of the Global Media Journals network and founding president of the Global Communication Association. Kamalipour has visited over sixty-five countries and has been interviewed by major newspapers and broadcast media around the world. He earned his PhD in communication at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Foreword: Cees Hamelink, University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Introduction: Yahya R. Kamalipour, North Carolina A&T State University
1. America and the World: The Plight of Organized Human Life
Noam Chomsky, University of Arizona
2. How Americans See the World: What Research Tells Us
John V. Pavlik, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
3. Looking for Agrabah in the 21st Century: News, Entertainment, and the Politics of Austerity
Lee Artz, Purdue University Northwest
4. What’s He Done Now? Seeing the US and Trump through the Australian Media
Hart Cohen, Myra Gurney, and Antonio Castillo, Western Sydney University
5. Selfish and Reckless: Unveiling the Portrayal of US and Trump through the Chinese Media, 2017-2019
Lizhou Sun, Southwestern University of Political Science and Law, and Fei Song, Henan University of Technology, China
6. The Magnate Became President: How the Colombian Media and Citizens Perceive the US and Trump
Jesus Arroyave, Universidad del Norte, Colombia
7. Portrayal of the U.S. Administration in the Egyptian Media
Rasha Allam, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
8. Special Relations: Trump, Brexit, and the British Media
Graham Murdock, Loughborough University, UK
9. Donald Trump: Balloon Baby or Toilet Head? Satire and Protest in the Press and on the Streets of London
Jane Stokes, University of East London
10. Mediated Populism: The US Image under Trump in German Media
Regina Cazzamatta and Kai Hafez, University of Erfurt, Germany
11. The Image of the United States in Greek Online News Sites During the Trump Presidency
Thimios Zaharopoulos, The American College of Greece
12. Iranian Media Coverage and Views of the United States and Trump
Saeedeh Moradifar and Ali Omidi, University of Isfahan, Iran, and Kourosh Ziabari, Fair Observer correspondent and UK Chevening Scholarship alumnus, Iran
13. News Coverage about the US in Korea during Bush, Obama, and Trump Administration: Trump as an Outlier?
Hyelim Lee and Seulgi Jang, Seoul National University, Korea, and Kadir Jun Ayhan, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea
14. US Image and Trump Coverage in Major Malaysian Ethnic Newspapers
Abbas Ghaanbari Baghestan, University of Tehran and Mohd Nizam Osman, University Putra Malaysia
15. Images of Donald Trump and the United States on the Mexican Press
José Carlos Lozano, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, and Francisco Javier Martínez, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico
16. Nigerian Media Coverage of the United States
Abbas Ghanbari Baghestan, University of Tehran and Topic Peremobowei Akoje, University of Benin, Nigeria
17. Pakistani Perceptions of America and Trump
Ejaz Akram, Southwestern University of Politics and Law, Chongqing, China, and Ayesha Khan, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
18. Social Perceptions and Media Coverage of the United States in Poland during Donald Trump’s Presidency
Tomasz Płudowski, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Poland
19. The US Image and Donald Trump through the Russian Eyes
Rovinskaya Juliana, Russian State University for the Humanities, and Greydina Nadezhda, Pyatigorks State University, Russia
20. Long Time Allies No More? How News Media in Turkey Covered the USA in 2019
Banu Akdenizli, Northwestern University-Qatar; Burak Özçetin, Istanbul Bilgi University; and Nazlı Çetin Gündoğdu, Yeditepe University Istanbul
About the Editor and Contributors
With the help of unique perspectives from across the world, Kamalipour weaves a powerful narrative on how President Trump’s distorted vision of the US and its policies has fragmented America and added to global insecurity. Providing a kaleidoscope of different shades of the American image in the rest of the world under Trump's presidency, the book is a must-read for both the scholars and practitioners of media, international relations, politics, culture, law, and psychology.
Yahya Kamalipour has brought together a host of international media scholars who reveal how the Trump brand has changed the image of American in the world today. Through scholarly discourse and analysis, the contributors to this powerful book begin by outlining the American perception of itself and its place in the world—and how everything changed when Donald J. Trump became a presidential candidate. From there, we are transported around the world to see, on the ground, how just a few years of Trump's leadership radically changed the world's view of the United States.
It will be years, maybe decades, before scholars have fully digested and demystified "the Trump effect." This book, the first to study the problem in an international comparative perspective, is an excellent beginning. Yahya Kamalipour and his stellar line-up of colleagues look through the prism of mediated perceptions which, after all, are the basis for the way citizens everywhere come to understand global politics.
The presidency of Donald Trump, especially his unorthodox rise to power, leadership style, reliance upon populism, and unprecedented use of new media, generated voluminous scholarly research and debate. Kamalipour brings together 35 scholars from across the world to provide insights into how the "Trump effect" registered in various countries. In the foreword, Cees Hamelink argues that Trump is best seen as a bully and disrupter. Early chapters evaluate Trump's effect on Americans' perceptions of the international arena as expressed, for example, by increased embrace of isolationism and sense of threat from China, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries. Later chapters examine, e.g., how particular countries' media ecosystems covered the Trump presidency. Contributing authors generally find a love-hate relationship in Trump media coverage, possibly reflecting larger social trends involving polarization. Also mentioned are the delicate relationships respective countries maintain with the US. Notably, despite the common focus on media, varied methodological approaches are employed, and the specific questions addressed differ substantially. The result is a robust treatment overall, providing rich context for readers curious about how other countries covered the Trump presidency. Most significantly, the book may stimulate new lines of inquiry among those already interested in this critical topic. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals. General readers.