The Media Elite: Moderators or Preachers of the Public Opinion?
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This chapter maps the forms of interactions and collusions between journalists and political actors, taking Egyptian talk shows as case study. The post-uprising(s) phase witnessed an expanded function for talk show hosts willing to employ their personal agency to support various ideological agendas and political camps; Egyptian talk show moderators were particularly vocal and prominent. The chapter investigates the complex interplay between these media stars and political figures.