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Some perspective from this new study* in theColumbia Journalism Review (click on the photo above for the entire report). This is especially important with President Trump’s immigration plan making headline news.
“The right-wing media was able to bring the focus on immigration, Clinton emails, and scandals more generally to the broader media environment. A sentence-level analysis of stories throughout the media environment suggests that Donald Trump’s substantive agenda—heavily focused on immigration and direct attacks on Hillary Clinton—came to dominate public discussions.
(From “The Truth Is Hard” a new New York Times ad campaign.)
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 12 years in countries without a free press. Countries where journalists are intimidated, threatened, jailed and even killed for doing their jobs. As an American journalist, I’ve often reflected on how easy we have it. Many times I’ve wondered what American journalists would do if they faced even a fraction of what journalists in the countries we cover deal with —
This headline in Monday’s New York Times was not on an opinion piece or editorial. It was the front page headline on a news story.
Lie. It’s a word that doesn’t bother former CBS news anchor, Dan Rather.
“When something is, in fact, a demonstrable lie, it is our responsibility to say so.
~ Christiane Amanpour
Amanpour, chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN, spoke this week at the annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) which honors courageous journalists from around the world.
In receiving CPJ’s Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom,” Amanpour spoke these important and powerful words. They have particular resonance for all of us at Round Earth Media.