Hiram College professor Jason Johnson was interviewed for Midmorning on Minnesota Public Radio. Dr. Johnson was interviewed live by Kerri Miller of MPR. The subject was racially coded “dog whistle” political statements, such as Newt Gingrich’s accusation that Barack Obama is a “food stamp president.”
Conservatives and liberals alike have accused GOP candidates of dog-whistling — the use of coded, ambiguous language to appeal to the prejudices of certain subsets of voters. Is this a major problem on the campaign trail? How can we listen for dog-whistling?
Kerri’s guest are Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting, and Jason Johnson, professor of political science and communications at Hiram College in northeast Ohio.
Click here to listen to “How to listen for racism on the campaign trail.”