Abstract

This study set out to assess the credibility of Egyptian talk show host Tawfik Okasha and how it affects the political participation tendencies of his viewers. The results showed that he was highly rated on the components of expertness and trustworthiness and moderately on the component of goodwill. Overall, Tawfik Okasha was perceived as a credible communicator. Tawfik Okasha’s credibility varied among the different educational levels. He is mostly credible among the “illiterate” and the “less than high school” categories. Compared to the rest of the educational levels, highly educated people do not perceive Tawfik Okasha as credible. Perceiving Tawfik Okasha as credible was found to be associated with active political participation among the respondents. The results also showed that respondents who perceive Okasha as credible are more likely to vote for the candidates he supports. Okasha’s use of nationalist discourse has been shown to enhance his credibility.

Department

Journalism & Mass Communication Department

Degree Name

MA in Journalism & Mass Communication

Date of Award

6-1-2014

Online Submission Date

May 2014

First Advisor

Hamdy, Naila

Committee Member 1

Keen, Kevin

Committee Member 2

Ismail, Amani

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

138 p.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

ʻUkāshah, Tawfīq.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Television talk shows -- Egypt.

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