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Tensioned Civility: Presidential Delegitimization of the Press

Tensioned Civility: Presidential Delegitimization of the Press

Rui Alexandre Novais and Viviane Araújo, “Tensioned Civility: Presidential Delegitimization of the Press,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 78, no. 4 (2022): 1533–60,

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  • Tensioned Civility: Presidential Delegitimization of the Press

    Type Journal Article
    Author Rui Alexandre Novais
    Author Viviane Araújo
    Abstract This explorative study contributes to the theoretical debate on political incivility beyond the domination of Western-centric approaches while connecting the bodies of literature in political philosophy and media research. It offers empirical evidence of Bolsonaro’s delegitimizing criticisms and uncivil expressions toward the press, some specific news outlets, and individual journalists during the first two years of his presidential mandate in Brazil. It concludes that Bolsonaro displayed the complete repertoire of the defining elements of political incivility in liberal democracies vis à vis the delegitimization of the press. He also unprecedently pushed the limits of civility in political discourse by employing the entire arsenal of verbal manifestations of impoliteness.
    Date 2022
    Language English
    Rights © 2022 by Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 78
    Pages 1533-1560
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    DOI 10.17990/RPF/2022_78_4_1533
    Issue 4
    ISSN 0870-5283 ; 2183-461X
    Date Added 1/31/2023, 5:41:23 PM
    Modified 1/31/2023, 7:45:32 PM


    • anti-media, delegitimizing criticisms, far-right populism, liberal democracy, politeness, political (in)civility, political philosophy and communication sciences.


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