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Mark Hannah
Mark Hannah is a veteran of the Kerry-Edwards and Obama for America presidential campaigns and an adjunct professor of media studies at The New School. A public affairs and media analyst, Mark is the political correspondent for's media blog, a contributor to Politico's "Arena," and a frequent commentator on Fox News. He is currently working on a book, Antisocial Media: Restoring Our Connections in a Media Addled Age, while working toward a Ph.D. at University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication.

Within the private sector, Mark has conducted sensitive public affairs campaigns for well-known multinational corporations, major industry organizations and influential non-profits. He serves on the board of advisors of Waywire (Cory Booker's social media start-up), the board of directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and was a recent research fellow at the Society for New Communications Research. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s program at Columbia University. His personal website is, and he can be reached at markphannah [at] Follow Mark on Twitter: @ProfessorHannah.

Entries by Mark Hannah

President Obama as Media Critic (Rather Than Subject)

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:34 PM

Last week, in an interview with Matthew Yglesias of Vox Media, President Obama was asked whether the media overstates the threat of terror compared with longer-term problems such as climate change and disease. With refreshing candor, the president responded, "Absolutely. And I don't blame the media for that... You show...

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The Other Media Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 12:29 PM

I've long blogged about the so-called "digital media revolution." Yet, deploying digital media to praise digital media has always struck me as a bit self-congratulatory. Socrates, in the Gorgias dialogues, accuses orators of flattering their audiences in order to persuade them. This may be the effect,...

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America's Fearful Gun Laws

(3) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:57 AM

I learned this week that my former coworker's youngest daughter was one of the children senselessly taken by the Newtown massacre. She had just celebrated her seventh birthday. Like all Americans, I've thought long and hard about our country's epidemic of gun violence over the past week. But as I...

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Romney's Race-Baiting Welfare Ads

(272) Comments | Posted August 19, 2012 | 9:49 PM

At the same time that Mitt Romney's surrogates were pretending to be outraged over Joe Biden's "chains" comment, the Romney campaign was trying out some of the most racially tinged attack lines since the Bush camp accused John McCain of secretly having an illegitimate black child back in 2000. The...

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With Political Information, a Modern Embarrassment of Riches

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 6:58 PM

As a political blogger and commentator, I try my best to stay up-to-the-minute with the most current campaign news. Working with the 24-hour television news format and instantaneous blogging platforms, it's easy to get anxious that the information I have may be stale or incomplete. After all, I've been taught...

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The Conflict of Monied Interests in Wisconsin's Civil War

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 6:06 PM

Over the next couple days, the political chattering class (myself included) will wonder aloud whether the results of Governor Walker's recall election is evidence of growing anti-union sentiment or whether the Republican victory there is a bellwether for upcoming elections nationwide. However, the one thing that is clear -- after...

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An Open Letter to My Catholic Parish RE: Its Opposition to the Affordable Care Act

(47) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Three weeks ago, while sitting in my church pew in Manhattan, and skimming through the weekly bulletin, I came across a short notice promoting a church-hosted workshop that would demonstrate the moral and Constitutional shortcomings of the Obama administration's health care reform legislation.

The notice was entitled, "A Threat...

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Nikki Haley: A Casualty of the Media's Casual Relationship to Truth

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 7:04 PM

Just last month, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was considered a top contender for the Republican vice presidential spot. That prospect abruptly faded two weeks ago when an overeager 25-year-old blogger named Logan Smith published an unsubstantiated rumor that Governor Haley was facing indictment on tax fraud charges....

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