Category Archives: Character Assassination

Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management

In modern politics as well as in historical times, character attacks abound. Words and images, like symbolic and psychological weapons, have sullied or destroyed numerous reputations. People mobilize significant material and psychological resources to defend themselves against such attacks. How … Continue reading

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Character Assassination as a Structurational Phenomenon

Character assassination (CA) is a rare topic in communication studies. Episodic research has addressed the use of character assassination in television news during international conflicts (Samoilenko, et al., 2017); negative campaigns and their effects on voters’ attitudes and behavior (Malloy and Pearson-Merkowitz, 2016); … Continue reading

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