Trump contagion? An examination of Australian political elites’ use of ‘fake news’ and other ‘post-truth’ terminologies in popular discourse Conference Paper uri icon


  • The United States’ Republican presidential primary race and subsequent election of Donald Trump saw the rise of ‘fake new’ and ‘alternative facts’ and similes in elite and popular discourse. This article examines the period from Trump’s election to understand how these terms are used and understood in the Australian political elite lexicon. Through qualitative and quantitative content analysis of elite political communication in the forms of selected daily metropolitan newspapers, Hansard records, politicians’ press releases and their social media use this paper explores: 1) The incidence and context of these terminologies and 2) the key political actors promulgating these terms. In doing so, this study aims to identify a typology of the ways in which these terms are used in Australian political discourse.


publication date

  • September 25, 2017