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

  title={Making Watergate “Look Like Child’s Play”: The Solyndra Discourse (2011–2012) as Flak},
  author={Brian Michael Goss},
  journal={Media and Communication},
  • 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… 



Political Scandal

It’s no secret on the Chicago literary scene that Kathleen Rooney’s resume boasts the charred remains of a minor political scandal. In addition to several books of poetry and essays, Rooney served

Veritable Flak Mill

  • B. Goss
  • Law
    Reimagining Journalism and Social Order in a Fragmented Media World
  • 2020
Flak may be concisely defined as political harassment and is detrimental to community for its strained ethical posture, cynicism, and corrosive impact on social and political bonds of trust.

The 2000 US Presidential Election in Salon .com and the Washington Post

This article examines the contentious post-election discourse that followed the balloting in the 7 November 2000 US presidential election. More specifically, I discuss the post-election coverage in

Prior Exposure Increases Perceived Accuracy of Fake News

It is shown that even a single exposure increases subsequent perceptions of accuracy, both within the same session and after a week, and that social media platforms help to incubate belief in blatantly false news stories and that tagging such stories as disputed is not an effective solution to this problem.

A national review

A survey of state administrators of private forestry programs reveals that forest tax programs are only modestly conforming to standards commonly used to judge tax policy, andonly modestly accomplishing the objectives for which they were created.

Manufacturing consent

An algorithm for this optimization problem, as well as a greedy scheme with some performance guarantees for a variant of the problem that seeks to minimize a simpler objective are proposed.

2019, 20 March). Remember Solyndra? Loss of taxpayer millions now seems forgotten, expert says

  • 2019

2011c, 29 September). The Solyndra mess gets messier

  • 2011

2011a, 18 October). Solyndra questions for Obama

  • National Review. Retrieved from solyndra-questions-obama-andrew-stiles
  • 2011

2011d, 15 September). Obama, Chu ‘instrumental

  • Solyndra loan offer. National Review. Retrieved from corner/obama-chu-instrumental-solyndra-loanoffer-andrew-stiles
  • 2011