The Demise of "Facts" in Political Dialogue

Kathleen Hall Jamieson

On the first episode of the APS podcast, host Dr. Patrick Spero interviews Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson about the attack on facts and what that means for how well the government works. Dr. Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, author of numerous books on political communication, and an APS Member. She gave a talk at the April 2013 APS meeting entitled, “Implications of the Attack on ‘Fact’ in Contemporary Politics,” the full recording is below. Dr. Spero and Dr. Jamieson delve into the themes of her 2013 presentation as well its relevance for today.

  • Full recording of Dr. Jamieson’s talk at the April 2013 APS Meeting
  • Full recording of Dr. Jamieson's talk at the April 2018 APS Meeting, "How Russian Hackers and Trolls Exploited U.S. Media in 2016. 
  • Article from the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, “Implications of the ‘Demise’ of Fact in Political Rhetoric’
  • Stream the episode below: