Frank Durham

School of Journalism & Mass Communication
University of Iowa

Frank Durham is preparing a book project on the rise and fall of objectivity and professionalism in journalism in the Internet Age. Working from a historical and theoretical context, the study will focus on the strategic co-optation of the mainstream media by Right-wing media activists Andrew Breitbart and James O'Keefe to mount a campaign of video based attacks on a series of liberal organizations. By examining their media insurgency within the mainstream media through text analyses and interviews, he will analyze the impact of their actions against the "liberal press" as they co-opted it in order to undo other liberal organizations. The product of this case study will be a clearer understanding of what has happened to journalistic notions of credibility, professionalism and institutional power in the increasingly fragmented new media environment.