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Trump’s media power, even in South Africa

 

Words appearing in articles that contained the word “election” in mainstream SOUTH AFRICAN news sources (via https://dashboard.mediameter.org)

 

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Words appearing in articles that contained the word “election” in mainstream U.S. news sources (via https://dashboard.mediameter.org)

We all know that the Donald has dominated the news cycle in the U.S.

But even in South Africa, where a very important local election is scheduled for August 3, “Trump” was the 5th most prominent term that appeared in that country’s news media within articles mentioning “election.” He beat out all South African politicians, including President Zuma. I really wasn’t looking for him, but there he was…

(word clouds based on articles available at mediacloud from April 18-May 3 as of May 3.)

About Evan Lieberman

I am a Professor of Political Science at MIT, and I conduct research, write, and teach about development, ethnic politics, and research methods.

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