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Media-ocrity - Isler - August 2nd
Ralph Isler will organize comments on the subject, "Media-ocrity" - Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (come early for fellowship and coffee) - Pellissippi State, Goins Administration Building's cafeteria annex

A roundtable discussion on the role of journalism in society and the state of investigative reporting.

I. F. Stone always told journalism students never to forget that "All governments lie."

Journalism is the only profession specifically protected by the constitution, and it is supposed to provide information for the public that leads to checks and balances on power. But many reporters seem to see themselves as part of the establishment, preserving the existing order and their own insider perquisites. In fact Dick Cheney's public relations assistant once commented that, "Meet the Press," with Tim Russert was the ideal format for Cheney to control the administration's message.

The integrity of the media should be a major concern for all who want transparency in government and other social institutions. How much of what the media presents is fact, how much is infotainment, and how much is outright propaganda? This roundtable is an opportunity for everyone to present his or her thoughts on the subject.



Posted by pking
July 29, 2009