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Cable News Networks Increase Amount and Public Accessibility of Incivility, Annenberg Public Policy Center Study Finds

For Immediate Release March 27, 2012 Contact: Kathleen Hall Jamieson ( Jamieson is Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, home of, a site whose “They said WHAT?” page flags extreme rhetoric of both the left and right and includes a video illustrating these findings.   Background: When the

112th at Risk of Spike in Incivility, 5th Annenberg ’Civility in Congress’ Report Warns

The Annenberg Public Policy Center has updated the work that it produced for the 1997, 1999, and 2001 House Bipartisan Retreats. The new report’s analysis of the taking down processes from 1935-2011 identifies five parallels between the 112th and earlier “combustible” Congresses:   The 112th is a turnover Congress. Incivility increased in the first sessions

Incivility in American Politics Discussed (Politely) in Washington

The increasing polarization of political debate was the subject of a Penn Conference on Civility and American Politics Monday on Capitol Hill. The event was sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute. Among those participating in the event were Penn President Amy Gutmann, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the