College of Humanities and Social Sciences


George Mason University’s Department of Communication and the Department’s Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) Research Lab host a three-day conference on “Character Assassination in Theory and Practice,” with numerous presentations on C.A. theory and research drawn from over 30 scholarly submissions (the full conference schedule is online at

The conference takes place Saturday, March 3-5, 2017 in Founder’s Hall at Mason’s Arlington, Virginia Campus (3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201). 


A panel discussion on “Character Assassination and the Media Spectrum” on March 4 from 1:00pm – 2:15pm will survey the phenomenon of character assassination across a crowded and diverse media “spectrum” – including social media, traditional journalism and opinion journalism – to explore the impacts of character assassination, how and when it occurs, governance and safeguards.


Confirmed panel participants include:

Richard Sheehe, Mason Senior Research Fellow and Director of (Moderator)

Bob Cusack, Editor in Chief at The Hill

Hugo Gurdon, Editorial Director at Washington Examiner

Daniel Lippman, Reporter & co-author of Playbook at POLITICO

Alan Rosenblatt, Social Media Strategist & Director of Digital Research, Lake Research Partners

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