September 25, 2023

Farnsworth Lectures on U.S. Politics in Washington to Norwegian Conference

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, “President Biden, the Media and the 2022 Midterm Elections,” at the Norwegian Washington Seminar in Washington, DC.

In addition, recent media mentions for Stephen Farnsworth include:

Social media giant layoffs signal opportunity for online misinformation, bad faith attacks (Courthouse News Service)
Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at University of Mary Washington, said government officials will have to work harder to prove they are authority figures. Otherwise, social media websites will lose credibility.
Trump Calling for Suspension of Constitution (Trending Now; YouTube)
“A lot of people have lost a lot of money betting that Donald Trump has finally gone too far,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
Election Day in Georgia (CTV News)
“The Democrats have a majority in the Senate already, but if they end up with 50 seats instead of a 50-51 tie that would mean a greater Democratic control over committees and over the process of legislation moving through the Senate,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
Is Georgia Still a Republican State? (YouTube)
“I think it is important to recognize how much of the difficulty the Republicans face here has to do with the quality of the candidate,” said Stephen Farnsworth.

Trevor Noah Says Goodbye to ‘The Daily Show,’ With Just a Few Tears (The Wall Street Journal)
“What Trevor Noah brought to the show above all was a much greater international and multicultural orientation,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and co-author of the book “Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency.” “That was unusual in the very white world of late-night comedy.”

Trump vows ‘free speech’ reform of government, universities, media, tech firms if elected in 2024 (CNBC, True Viral News, Birmingham Daily Journal, Times of News, TheBlog101)
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at University of Mary Washington, dismissed Trump’s proposals as “something to generate energy among his supporters”. If the plan came to that, it wouldn’t succeed legislatively or judicially. He said that Trump was trying to change the narrative after many of his candidates lost.

Is Trump’s Campaign in Jeopardy (CTV News)
It really is early but certainly the signs are not encouraging for the people who want to support a Donald Trump 2024 campaign.

Crowded out-Elections overshadow 2023 state legislative agenda (Virginia Business)Also, notes University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth, “one of the areas in which Virginia has not done well is unemployment assistance.” Kilgore says that if the VEC doesn’t have to worry about workforce training, it will be able to focus on more efficiently handling unemployment claims. Main Event (Virginia Business)University of Mary Washington Professor Stephen Farnsworth says that the newly drawn districts — determined in December 2021 by two Virginia Supreme Court-appointed special masters who did not take incumbents’ residences into consideration — favor Democrats because of population dispersal. Younger, more Democratic-leaning voters live in urban and suburban areas, while more conservative rural regions are losing population and seats, he notes. the right winning the comedy wars? (Vox News)
Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist and the co-author of Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency, says this split is exacerbated by the increasingly polarized conservative news landscape. the 4th District Democrat firehouse primary (WVTF)The February 21st date for the special election requires quick action to nominate candidates, says Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington. The 27th will test Trump-adjacent strategy (The Free Lance-Star)“The Youngkin strategy has always been to be Trump adjacent,” says University of Mary Washington professor Stephen Farnsworth, who also directs the Center for Leadership and Media Studies. It’s sure to be part of Youngkin’s presumed run for the White House in 2024. For Jennifer McClellan, and Virginia, history awaits (Richmond Times-Dispatch)Attorney and longtime Democratic strategist Paul Goldman, a former law partner with Morrissey, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the primary’s timing and organization — none of the eight polling locations, for example, were in Morrissey’s home district in Chesterfield — but the high turnout and overwhelming result “are not optimal for further developments” in a suit that largely argues Democrats were attempting to suppress voter participation, says Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. promises free speech reform in government, academia and tech (News Net Daily)Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, dismissed Trump’s proposals as “something to generate energy among his supporters” after a soggy campaign kickoff.’s Tax Returns Released (CTV News)“I think there are two basic issues that need to be resolved here,” said Stephen Farnsworth. 6 Committee Report (CHQR, Calgary)“The January 6 Committee over the summer and since has been producing a voluminous report of all of the ways in which Donald Trump tried to keep the Congress from ratifying the election of Joe Biden and that leads to a whole series of questions with respect to his conduct,” said Stephen Farnsworth. happens next to former Pres. Trump? Does the Justice Dept. actually charge him? (KNX Radio, Los Angeles)“Well, political violence in America can occur when one person with a gun decides to shoot up a school, synagogue or place of government action. So, to imagine that anything anyone does in these very contentious times is going to provide sweetness and like for all concerned is unrealistic,” said Stephen Farnsworth. 6 Final Public Meeting (CTV News Canada)“It is going to be more or less a programmatic event that will give people a chance to see some of the evidence that the Committee has collected,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
‘He had a different perspective’: how Trevor Noah changed late night satire (The Guardian; US News Hub)
Stephen Farnsworth, co-author of Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency, said: “One of the great contributions that Trevor Noah made to political humour in this country was the provision of a much more international and multicultural orientation.