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Title: Obama in the No Spin Zone
Authors: Hutchby, Ian
First Published: Oct-2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: Hutchby, I, Obama in the No Spin Zone, ed. Ekström, M;Tolson, A, 'Media Talk and Political Elections in Europe and America', Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 41-62
Abstract: In the run - up to the 2008 American presidential election, the three Senators who were competing to replace outgoing President George W. Bush in the White House ( John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) each gave extended interviews to cable channel Fox News ' nightly show The O ' Reilly Factor . Billed as the ' No Spin Zone ' , this news programme and its eponymous host, Bill O ' Reilly, pride themselves on cutting through the ' spin ' of political communications machines, the ' bloviation ' of politicians and the ' bias ' of major newspapers and broadcast network news channels to reveal for viewers the ' truth ' or the ' bottom line ' with regard t o current affairs. Because of his willingness to engage in tendentious, argumentative and sometimes confrontational discourse in the course of his interviews , O'Reilly is a controversial figure in contemporary American broadcast news . But despite his belligerent reputation , he has secured many high profile interviews for his show, including at least two major ' sit - downs ' with President Barack Obama. The first of these, conducted during the campaign leading to Obama's success in the 2008 election, provides t he data for this chapter. [First paragraph]
ISBN: 978-1-137-27331-4
Embargo on file until: 31-Oct-2016
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Hutchby I ed Tolson A; Ekström M, 'Obama in the No Spin Zone' in Media Talk and Political Elections in Europe and America 2013 © Macmillan Publishers Ltd reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: ;
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