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Why is There So Little Civility Left in Politics?

We expect heightened rhetoric in an election year, but how far should that go? Social media, cable news and commercial talk radio play a role but do they exacerbate incivility in our politics, or merely reflect it? And is this really new, or have we always debated and spoken this way? We discuss our lack […]

We expect heightened rhetoric in an election year, but how far should that go? Social media, cable news and commercial talk radio play a role but do they exacerbate incivility in our politics, or merely reflect it? And is this really new, or have we always debated and spoken this way?

We discuss our lack of civility in politics with Dr. Luis Salinas, from the Sociology Department at the University of Houston, and Dr. Ann Burnette, political communication professor at Texas State University.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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