A lecture in our ongoing series, Theory in Critical Times
For a free press as a check on power now is the darkest time in American history since World War I. But this is complex development that goes well beyond Donald Trump's reckless attacks on the news media. It involves failures in journalism, and shifts in the underlying media system, as well as an organized movement to discredit the mainstream press that predates Trump's political career. It is now clear that the man in power intends to lead this movement, intensify it, and make it part of his governing style. Journalists think the right response to that is simply to do their jobs and report the news, but the atmosphere into which those reports emerge is weighted against them. This talk will explain why "just do the job" is not nearly enough. The press is up against something it doesn't understand.
After his lecture, Jay Rosen will be joined for a discussion by Niala Boodhoo, executive producer and host of Illinois Public Media show, "The 21st." Following the discussion, Jay Rosen and Niala Boodhoo will have an extended Q&A session with the audience. The event will air on a later edition of "The 21st."
Co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study, the Cline Center for Democracy, and the Institute of Communications Research.