Fake News Panel Discussion

The rise of ‘fake news,’ ‘alternative facts,’ citizen journalists, a 24/7 up to the second news cycle, social media news aggregators, and the decline of local, traditional press has lead to a drastically different media landscape than that which characterized journalism a generation ago. The First Amendment enshrines the Fourth Estate as an essential bulwark against overreaching government in America’s foundational documents. The Information Age has presented a new set of challenges to our democracy that has changed the function, delivery method, and consumption of news with widespread disagreement on basic facts that leads many Americans to talk past each other. At this time it is appropriate to discuss how citizens and the Media might find their way to Truth while seeking to advance the public interest. 

WHAT:           Panel Discussion, Live Podcast Broadcast (Open to the Public)

WHEN:           Friday May 19, 2017 / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

            1900 M Street, NW
            Washington, DC 20036

WHO:             Angelo Carusone – President, Media Matters for America
Jordan Cooper (Moderator) – Host, Public Interest Podcast
Melanie Kahn – Advocacy Campaigns Executive Director, Phone2Action

Richard Levick – Chairman & CEO, LEVICK


  1. The words from the White House and the inner crew have become fake, and yet the media still hasn't adjusted to it. For example, when it was discovered that Donald Trump Jr. held a private meeting with a Russian he told the press who left early, what it was and wasn't about. CNN took it as if it were obviously true. Why should we give any credence to Trumps accounting of what they discussed, who left or didn't leave, what Dad said about it, what plans were made.?

    We have to assume his comments were made up. This is from James Tugend, don't know why I can't use my name above.

  2. As the host of this podcast I must remain non-partisan on this platform, however I can point you to a previous episode with Brian Karem, Editor in Chief of The Montgomery Sentinel (http://www.publicinterestpodcast.com/2017/02/ep65BrianKarem.html) who recently made the news, including on CNN, regarding his statement publicly accusing the White House of generating fake news: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/06/29/brian-karem-jim-acosta-white-house-fake-news-undermined-media-resign-sot-ac.cnn


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