As my year as SPJ president approached, I put “fight fake news” on my to-do list. I’ll respond to every nasty slam, every spurious tweet, every “enemy of the people” put-down with a counter-tweet of my own, I thought. A few tweets in – with low-impact “No, you are incorrect, Mr.
December 17th, 2019 • Featured
Review: Final Newseum show looks at seriously funny “Daily Show”
In its final months on Pennsylvania Avenue before closing (see timeline, below), Washington, D.C.’s Newseum presents an exhibit that explores an institution whose future seems as unknowable as its own. “Seriously Funny: From the Desk of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” celebrates the program that continues to evolve from its parody roots as self-proclaimed fake news into the current era of You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up.
March 15th, 2018 • Featured
How PolitiFact is fighting ‘Fake News,’ one stop at a time
Last August, President Donald Trump told an arena of supporters in Huntington, West Virginia, that the “Russia story is a total fabrication.” Investigators, he said, should be looking into the uranium Hillary Clinton “sold, which is now in the hands of very angry Russians.”
March 14th, 2018 • Featured
When journalists aren’t trusted, corruption often follows
Vladimir Putin’s media consolidation efforts in the early 2000s began on well-prepared soil. The public’s trust in journalism as a profession in Russia had become so low — driven down by a distinct mixture of economic, political and cultural factors following the fall of the Soviet Union —that Putin’s efforts weren’t the cause for alarm one might otherwise expect.
March 12th, 2018 • Featured
How news literacy programs can help journalists earn back trust
In the fall of 2006, after spending nearly 35 years as a reporter, editor and then the editor of one of America’s largest daily newspapers, I left my job to help start the newest journalism school in the country. Even then, it was an act of audacious optimism.