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Seattle University School of Law

2011

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The Muslim Manchurian Candidate: Barack Obama, Rumors, And Quotidian Hermeneutics, Bryan Adamson Jan 2011

The Muslim Manchurian Candidate: Barack Obama, Rumors, And Quotidian Hermeneutics, Bryan Adamson

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This article examines the rumors about President Barack Obama which accused him of being Muslim, unpatriotic, and a terrorist sympathizer. Despite ample evidence that the rumors were patently false, on Election Day, fully 10% of the voters continued to believe that he was Muslim. In addition, many continued to harbor the pernicious racial, socio-ethnic, and religious biases that shaped the rumors. This article asks, and answers “why” the rumors persisted.

This article provides an answer from a unique communication theory perspective. This article first mines the sources of the Obama rumors, and how those rumors were amplified in the media ...