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Nationally recognized political communication scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson presents "Fact, Fallacy and Fantasy in Political Advertising" on April 15

AUSTIN, Texas – April 11, 2013 – Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a political communication scholar who frequently appears on national television, will present "Fact, Fallacy and Fantasy in Political Advertising" at The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication. The College's DeWitt Carter Reddick Award recipient for 2012-2013, Jamieson will speak at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 15 in the Belo Center for New Media’s second-floor auditorium, 300 W. Dean Keeton St.

Jamieson – Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania – will discuss the implications of misleading 2012 presidential campaign ads.

"Some patterns of deception in the 2012 campaign made it more difficult for the eventual winner to govern," Jamieson said. "Neither candidate revealed the trade offs required to address the debt crisis; both trafficked in fear about the global economy; and the notion that Obama had ‘gutted welfare reform’ ultimately denied governors flexibility they had sought."

Jamieson helped create and, nonpartisan projects of the Annenberg Public Policy Center that monitor deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Jamieson said she developed the visual structure for broadcasters to use in policing false ads during her time as chair of the College's Department of Communication Studies (1986-1989), with help from reporters at the Belo Corporation's WFAA-TV and Dallas Morning News.

UT professors John Daly and Matthew McGlone and their students have been working with Jamieson to improve the Patterns of Deception page.

She is the author or co-author of 15 books, including: "Presidents Creating the Presidency," "Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment" and "unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation."

Jamieson has won teaching awards at every university at which she has taught and political science or communication awards for four of her books. Her 2010 book, co-authored with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy, "The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election," garnered honors from The American Publishers Association, The International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. Jamieson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the International Communication Association.

About the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award
Established in 1974, the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award recognizes excellence in the field of communication. Past Reddick Award recipients include Walter Cronkite, Molly Ivins, Nicholas Lemann, Bill Moyers, William S. Paley, William J. Raspberry, Helen Thomas, Ted Turner and Bill Wittliff, among others.

About The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication
One of the nation's foremost institutions for the study of advertising and public relations, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism and radio-TV-film, The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication is preparing students to thrive in an era of media convergence. Serving more than 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students, the College is nationally recognized for its faculty members, research and student media. For more information about the College of Communication, visit


Contacts: Laura Byerley, (512) 471-2182.

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