Making Watergate “Look Like Child’s Play”: The Solyndra Discourse (2011–2012) as Flak

@article{Goss2021MakingW,
  title={Making Watergate “Look Like Child’s Play”: The Solyndra Discourse (2011–2012) as Flak},
  author={Brian Michael Goss},
  journal={Media and Communication},
  year={2021},
  volume={9},
  pages={88-97}
}
  • B. Goss
  • Published 6 April 2021
  • Sociology
  • Media and Communication
In analyzing the distinction between flak and scandal, this investigation focuses on the discourse around Solyndra in 2011–2012 on two media platforms. Solyndra was a solar panel firm that went bankrupt after receiving American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (‘The Stimulus’) funds. The analysis shows that National Review —a rightwing journal of opinion that increasingly operates as an online platform—unswervingly utilized the Solyndra bankruptcy as an instrument of political combat. Following… 

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