June 15, 2017
Jeanne Hey, Ph.D., dean of the University of New England College of Arts and Sciences, offered her expertise in political science for a story on WCSH about the extreme partisan nature of American politics today.
The story came after a gunman opened fire on members of the Republican congressional baseball team at a baseball practice, injuring four people including Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives. The gunman was reportedly upset about President Donald Trump’s election.
Hey said the 24-hour news cycle, partisan news outlets and the Internet have all contributed to the hostile, partisan state of American politics today. "I think once a culture moves in that direction, it's very hard to take it back," said Hey. "There's no question that the Internet has added more voices to the political debate. The potential bad side of it is that many of those voices are doing so anonymously. We know that when people interact anonymously, they speak in extremes."
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