January 27, 2021

Farnsworth and Seltzer Deliver Research Paper on Political Humor

Late Night with Trump book coverStephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, and Kate Seltzer, a UMW senior double majoring in political science and communication, are co-authors of a research paper, “Late Night Political Humor and the 2020 Presidential Nomination Campaign: A Democratic Field Competes with Donald Trump,” which was delivered (online) at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association earlier this month. The paper is an update of Professor Farnsworth’s recent co-authored book, Late Night With Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency.

Farnsworth also recently delivered an online lecture, “Reviewing the 2020 U.S. Election: The Challenges of Democracy in Practice,” to the University of Malaysia, Sabah. Professor Farnsworth was a Fulbright Specialist at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during Summer 2019.

He also offered insight in a number of recent regional, national and international news stories:

Taking a Look at What to Expect from the 2021 General Assembly Session (WVTF)

After fueling a blue tide, Democrats in changing Virginia suburb aim high for more influence (The Washington Post; Stamford Advocate)

Big ideas face the hard reality of coronavirus as Virginia General Assembly prepares to convene (The Washington Post)

Trump supporters engage in historic attacks on U.S. democracy on a day reserved to celebrate it (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. Capitol on Lockdown (CTV News Channel)

Facebook Blocks Page of Virginia State Senator Who Spread Conspiracy Theories on Capitol Riot (dcist)

Analysis: What changes Republicans, Trump and Biden face after the storming of the Capitol (Globe and Mail, Toronto)

Divide deepens in Virginia GOP as Democrats renew calls for Trump’s early ouster (Virginia Mercury)

Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment (CTV News Channel)

Trump Faces Second Impeachment (CTV News Channel)

Can President Trump issue pardons while impeached? Experts at odds (ctvnews.ca)

“It will be very difficult for Biden to govern with the scenario that Trump leaves him” (La Razon of Spain)

“I didn’t see a focus on issues,” says Lee Carter in explanation of candidacy for Governor (Virginia Scope)

McAuliffe announces huge fundraising numbers (Virginia Scope; Henrico Citizen)

Saturday Night Live seeks fresh Biden as political comedy faces new era (The Guardian)

Viewpoints with Todd Vanderheyden (iheart.com)

3 Prince William Supervisors Walked Out Of Unconscious Bias Training In Protest (dcist.com)

Farnsworth Comments in the News

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, has been quoted in several regional, national and international news stories:

Trump Supporters Rally in Washington (CTV News Channel)

Virginia Parole System Scrutinized After COVID Missteps (Courthouse NewsService)

Noted professor addresses Mary Washington ElderStudy (The Free Lance-Star)

Trump’s Lawsuits (CP24.com)

McAuliffe’s ‘powerful trifecta,’ advantages heading into race for Virginia Governor (WSET)

Former Virginia Governor Wants Old Job Back (Courthouse News Service)

Biden to Americans “Wear Mask for 100 Days” (CTV News Channel)

Terry McAuliffe to seek a second term as Virginia governor (The Washington Post; WBAP; Laredo Morning Times)

As Carroll Foy Resigns, Other Lawmakers Weigh Options for 2021 Campaigning (WVTF)

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Election Results

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, “Reviewing the 2020 Election: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” to The Woman’s Club of Richmond. Professor Farnsworth also fielded more than 90 news media calls on the US Presidential Election during October and November.

Professor Farnsworth also has been quoted in several regional, national and international news stories:

Transition agreed, but no concession yet (CP24.com)

A Look at Why So Many House of Delegates Members are Running for Statewide Offices (WVTF)

Trump Pardons Michael Flynn (CTV News Channel)

Examining the Future of the Republican Party Post Trump? Look No Further than Virginia (WVTF)

Virginia Lawmakers Could Run for Two Seats at Once (VPM NPR)

Viewpoints with Todd Vanderheyden (CJAD Radio Montreal)

Can Trump pre-emptively pardon himself? (CTV News Channel)

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been quoted in several regional, national and international news stories:

Election 2020: Winners and losers from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. (The Washington Post)

Like state and nation, Fredericksburg area voters split between early voting and Election Day (The Free Lance-Star)

Trump and Voter Fraud Postings on Twitter (Voice of America)

Biden Slams Transition Delay (CTV News Channel)

Trump Seemingly Acknowledges Biden Victory (CTV News Channel)

Next Steps for Joe Biden (CTV News Channel)

Trump vs. Biden: the Final Showdown (CJAD)

Biden wins Chesterfield, easily. Can Republicans win it back? (Chesterfield Observer)

Spanberger navigates partisan winds, defeats Freitas (Chesterfield Observer)

The joke’s on us: what happens to comedy post-Trump? (brisbanetimes.com)

Virginia Republicans see 2021 as an opportunity to compete statewide (Virginia Scope)

Farnsworth Interview Broadcast on C-SPAN

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW's Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, “Political Humor and the American Presidency,” that was broadcast on C-SPAN. The talk was part of the UMW’s “Mary Talks” program.

Dr. Farnsworth also has commented on the following national or regional news stories:

Farnsworth Lectures on 2020 Elections

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, “The Exceptional Election Year of 2020: Anger, Protest, Economic Anxiety and Covid-19,” for Virginia Revenue Commissioners Conference.

Dr. Farnsworth also has commented on the following national or regional news stories:

Early voting turnout hits record numbers in Virginia (Fox5DC)

Virginia early voting nears 200,000 in first week (WTVR; The Free Lance-Star; WHSV)

164,000 cast ballots in first week of early voting in Virginia (Daily Progress)

Polls show Virginia voters favor Biden (Galax Gazette)

Poll of Virginia Voters Favors Biden and Warner; Shows Mixed Support for Mail-In Voting (RVA Magazine)

Virginia sees massive early voting lines ahead of general election (New York Post)

Virginians to Decide Fate of Controversial Redistricting Amendment (Courthouse News Services)

Viewpoints with Todd van der Heyden (CJAD)

Post-debate Review (CP24)

Debate Showdown (CTV News Channel)

Trump to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy (CTV News Channel)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87 (CTV News Channel)

Expert tells ABC7 rapidly replacing RBG before the election would be ‘unprecedented’ (WJLA)

Wittman, Rashid spar on Social Security, climate change, COVID-19 response in 2nd debate (Prince William Times)

Wittman, Rashid exchange barbs in Monday night debate (The Free Lance-Star)

The United Nations turns 75 (VOA News)

Farnsworth Lectures Online on Political Humor for Moldova

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, “Presidents and Political Humor,” for the U.S. Embassy in Moldova. Professor Farnsworth, who has also talked with international audiences about U.S. politics, the mass media and political culture in more than a dozen nations on programs funded by the U.S. government, is the co-author of a new book, “Late Night With Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency” (Routledge, 2020).

Dr. Farnsworth also has commented on the following national or regional news stories:

Farnsworth Comments in the Regional and National News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

In a red House district, a Democrat tries to siphon votes from a conservative with a ‘biblical world view’ (The Washington Post)

At center of postal service furor, Virginia congressman finds an expanding audience (The Washington Post)

Republican National Convention (CTV News Channel)

Republican National Convention (CP 24 Toronto)

Biden Vows to Reunite Country (CTV News Channel)

House Panel Launches Contempt Proceedings Against Pompeo (Courthouse News Service)

Year of Fear, Chapter 27: In rural Virginia, a tale of two Congressional districts (Columbia Journalism Review)

Viewpoints with Todd van der Heyden (CJAD Montreal)

McAuliffe files paperwork to run but says no decision made (WTOP)

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Files To (Possibly) Run Again (dcist.com) 

Democratic and Republican Conventions (770CHQR Calgary)

Farnsworth Comments in the Regional and National News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

NY Attorney General Sues to Dissolve NRA (CTV News Channel) 

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger vs. Delegate Nick Freitas – Edition #1 (Virginia Seven Newsletter) 

Trump, Trade and Tariff’s on the Drive with Jock Wilson 9 (CHQR segment on US- Canada Trade)

With Tactics Honed On Climate Change, Ken Cuccinelli Turned to the Portland Streets (Inside Climate News)

Donald Trump v. COVID-19 (CTV News Channel)

Hogan Passes Torch to Cuomo, Reflects on Role of Governors and Trump in the Pandemic (Maryland Matters)

Poll Shows Growing Distrust of Media Among Americans (Courthouse News Service) 

Manhattan D.A. Trump Investigation (CTV News Channel)

Mail-In Voting / COVID And Inequality (WHRO public radio Hear/Say)

Stalemate Over Unemployment Insurance (CTV News Channel)

Trump Pushes for Election Day Delay (CTV News Channel) 

Trump suggested election delay to distract US from worst slump in economy, says Internet: ‘A complete failure’ (MEAWW) 

‘President Pelosi’ trends after Trump suggests delaying 2020 elections, House Speaker would be ‘next in line’ (MEAWW) 

Trump suggests delaying 2020 elections, claims mail-in voting amid pandemic will be ‘incorrect and fraudulent’ (MEAWW) 

Obama slams Trump for pushing ‘nativist, racist, sexist’ fears during private meetings with party donors: Report (MEAWW) 

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Communication

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, “Presidential Communication and Character,” for the Character Assassination and Reputation Politics Research Lab at George Mason University. The talk focused on Professor Farnsworth’s recent book, “Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump.”

Information on the book is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Presidential-Communication-Character-Stephen-Farnsworth/dp/1138212237

Farnsworth has also commented on several regional and national news stories:

Trump suggests delaying 2020 elections, claims mail-in voting amid pandemic will be ‘incorrect and fraudulent’ (MEAWW) 

Trump’s COVID-19 Response (CTV News Channel)

U.S. Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Dies (CTV News Channel)

Election Update (cp24.com) 

100 Days Until U.S. Presidential Election (CTV News Channel) 

Pandemic and Polling (cp24.com)

Tell-All Book by Trump’s Niece (CTV News Channel)

U.S. election swing states: Virginia is for… Democrats? (New Statesman)