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Introduction: Fox populism in the Great Recession; 1. Channeling America's tabloid soul: how Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly remade television news; 2. Populism on cable news: a theoretical framework; 3. 'I'm a blue-collar guy': how Fox News hosts imagine themselves and their audience as working class; 4. 'The makers and the takers': how Fox News forges a working class/business class political alliance; 5. The populist-intellectual tactic: how Fox News incorporates expert knowledge within its populist framework; Conclusion. Trumpian populism: Fox News' respectable future clashes with its tabloid past; Postscript. Fox News and the alt-right: populism and nationalism; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.

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Shows how Fox News' appeal is based on its populist presentational style, not its conservative ideological bias.

About the Author

Reece Peck is Assistant Professor of Media Culture at College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY). He provides commentary on media and politics to news organizations, including New York magazine and the AFP.

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'The election of a populist, tabloid-friendly, norm-smashing reality television host might have shocked most American intellectuals - but it seems safe to say it would not have shocked Reece Peck. This brilliant, lucid, and wide-ranging book shines a light on Fox News and the larger media taste culture that helped propel Donald Trump to the Presidency. Essential.' C. W. Anderson, University of Leeds
'Reece Peck's Fox Populism is a deeply insightful study of the way Fox news has transformed media and politics in America. It is crucial reading for anyone interested in understanding the role of media and the nature of political hegemony in the new age of populist politics.' Daniel C. Hallin, University of California, San Diego
'Fox's style is its politics', writes Reece Peck. Drawing on substantial research, Peck develops this important insight into a convincing demonstration that Fox News draws its power from a percussive, battering-ram style, promoting the notion that a he-man performs conservatism with his fists.' Todd Gitlin, Chair, Ph. D. Program in Communications, Columbia University, New York
'Fox Populism establishes Peck as a nuanced authority on Fox News.' Beejay Silcox, The Times Literary Supplement
'The most important examination of Fox News published to date ... a far-reaching illumination of the role Fox has played in rewriting the terms of American conservatism and in reshaping the nature of news itself ... Peck argues compellingly that Fox emerges directly from the tabloid sphere - Rupert Murdoch's global print empire being only one piece of that equation - and as such amplifies the tabloid emphasis on working-class taste cultures.' Geoffrey Baym, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
'Fox Populism gives us an admirably clear and much-needed blueprint for future studies of the intimate, yet volatile relationship between mass media, populist movements, and American conservatism in the 21st century.' L. Benjamin Rolsky, Los Angeles Review of Books
'The election of a populist, tabloid-friendly, norm-smashing reality television host might have shocked most American intellectuals - but it seems safe to say it would not have shocked Reece Peck. This brilliant, lucid, and wide-ranging book shines a light on Fox News and the larger media taste culture that helped propel Donald Trump to the Presidency. Essential.' C. W. Anderson, University of Leeds
'Reece Peck's Fox Populism is a deeply insightful study of the way Fox news has transformed media and politics in America. It is crucial reading for anyone interested in understanding the role of media and the nature of political hegemony in the new age of populist politics.' Daniel C. Hallin, University of California, San Diego
'Fox's style is its politics', writes Reece Peck. Drawing on substantial research, Peck develops this important insight into a convincing demonstration that Fox News draws its power from a percussive, battering-ram style, promoting the notion that a he-man performs conservatism with his fists.' Todd Gitlin, Chair, Ph. D. Program in Communications, Columbia University, New York
'Fox Populism establishes Peck as a nuanced authority on Fox News.' Beejay Silcox, The Times Literary Supplement
'The most important examination of Fox News published to date ... a far-reaching illumination of the role Fox has played in rewriting the terms of American conservatism and in reshaping the nature of news itself ... Peck argues compellingly that Fox emerges directly from the tabloid sphere - Rupert Murdoch's global print empire being only one piece of that equation - and as such amplifies the tabloid emphasis on working-class taste cultures.' Geoffrey Baym, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
'Fox Populism gives us an admirably clear and much-needed blueprint for future studies of the intimate, yet volatile relationship between mass media, populist movements, and American conservatism in the 21st century.' L. Benjamin Rolsky, Los Angeles Review of Books

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