“Catnip for Cranks”: Depictions of Canadian Threat in US Conservative News Commentary

  title={“Catnip for Cranks”: Depictions of Canadian Threat in US Conservative News Commentary},
  author={R. Baker},
  journal={American Review of Canadian Studies},
  pages={358 - 376}
  • R. Baker
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology
  • American Review of Canadian Studies
This article examines how conservative television news commentary in the United States portrayed Canada in the years following 9/11. It draws on Richard Hofstadter’s formulation of the paranoid style in American politics for insight into the rhetoric used by these commentators. Adopting a critical geopolitics perspective to shed new light on Canadian–American relations, the article explores how conservative pundits framed Canada in the context of the global war on terror and portrayed the… Expand
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