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      Cuba and Bernie Sanders: Analysis of the Online Media Discourse at a Crucial Moment of the 2020 Democratic Nomination Race



            This paper examines the way Cuba was represented in noticeable online media in connection with Bernie Sanders’ aspirations to become the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election. Traditional anticommunism and a historical one-sided view on Cuba in the press, as well as widespread conceptual confusion about “socialism” in US society, converged against Sanders over the run-up to the nomination, especially at a crucial moment in February 2020 when he was the frontrunner and was interviewed by CBS. The paper analyses the reaction of the online press to Sanders’ comments on Cuba during the interview, but also considers other US press reports during 2019 as well as specialised literature on the topic. Discourse Analysis parameters are brought forward to highlight ideological discourse representations in the media.


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            International Journal of Cuban Studies
            Pluto Journals
            1 July 2021
            : 13
            : 1 ( doiID: 10.13169/intejcubastud.13.issue-1 )
            : 43-66
            Associate Professor and member of the Group of Semantic and Discourse Analysis Studies of the School of Foreign Languages at the University of Havana and member of the Group of Complexity
            © International Institute for the Study of Cuba

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            socialism,Cuba,Discourse Analysis,Bernie Sanders,online press


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