When President Trump rails against respected news organizations as purveyors of “fake news,” what’s really going on? Is he playing to popular mistrust of the media? Serving the interest of top donors and political backers? Pre-emptively discrediting any outside scrutiny of his administration? While the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is not the first to criticize the press, the attacks from the White House are qualitatively different from attacks by other leaders under fire. They take aim at verifiable truth as a universal value, and at the legitimacy of an independent press that seeks information in the public interest. Setting the stage for Double Exposure 2017 are Charles Lewis, author of The Buying of the President series and, more recently, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Far Right and staff writer at The New Yorker, and Matt Thompson, executive editor of The Atlantic.
Session Category : 2017