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Media and government. A.k.a. media versus government: Notes on an adversarial (or not) relationship. www.newstrust.net. Adversaries or friends?. John Peter Zenger trial (1735) ended prosecutions for seditious libel Criticism of government is a key role for the press. The debate.

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media and government

Media and government

A.k.a. media versus government:Notes on an adversarial(or not) relationship

adversaries or friends
Adversaries or friends?
  • John Peter Zenger trial (1735) ended prosecutions for seditious libel
  • Criticism of government is a key role for the press
the debate
The debate
  • Merrill says media and government should not be adversaries. Dennis says they should. But do they really disagree?
the debate5
The debate
  • Merrill says media and government should not be adversaries. Dennis says they should. But do they really disagree?
  • They both say they should be adversaries when warranted, but should not be permanent enemies
the debate6
The debate
  • Merrill says media and government should not be adversaries. Dennis says they should. But do they really disagree?
  • They both say they should be adversaries when warranted, but should not be permanent enemies
  • First Amendment = no obligation
post 9 11 considerations
Post-9/11 considerations
  • Country was afraid, and media took a more patriotic tone
post 9 11 considerations8
Post-9/11 considerations
  • Country was afraid, and media took a more patriotic tone
  • Support for war in Afghanistan was strong
post 9 11 considerations9
Post-9/11 considerations
  • Country was afraid, and media took a more patriotic tone
  • Support for war in Afghanistan was strong
  • Support for war in Iraq was more controversial
the so called fourth estate
The so-called fourth estate
  • Can the media really function as a pseudo-branch of government?
the so called fourth estate11
The so-called fourth estate
  • Can the media really function as a pseudo-branch of government?
  • Seymour Hersh says political opposition is the key to media opposition
anonymous sources
Anonymous sources
  • William Safire says it’s how the media overcome the government’s vast powers
anonymous sources13
Anonymous sources
  • William Safire says it’s how the media overcome the government’s vast powers
  • Do journalists have the right to protect their sources?
anonymous sources14
Anonymous sources
  • William Safire says it’s how the media overcome the government’s vast powers
  • Do journalists have the right to protect their sources?
  • Should they?
media and elections
Media and elections
  • Horse-race coverage demonstrates the limits of objectivity
media and elections16
Media and elections
  • Horse-race coverage demonstrates the limits of objectivity
  • Polls, fundraising numbers
media and elections17
Media and elections
  • Horse-race coverage demonstrates the limits of objectivity
  • Polls, fundraising numbers
  • Civic or public journalism sought another way
media democracy
Media democracy
  • Dennis focuses on internal workings
    • Ombudsmen
    • Transparency
    • Leadership
media democracy19
Media democracy
  • Dennis focuses on internal workings
  • Real democratic movement is outside and online
    • Media blogs
    • Independents like Josh Marshall
    • Political activist sites
the right to know
The right to know
  • Do Merrill and Dennis disagree?
the right to know21
The right to know
  • Do Merrill and Dennis disagree?
  • Freedom of information laws, a.k.a. “sunshine laws”
the right to know22
The right to know
  • Do Merrill and Dennis disagree?
  • Freedom of information laws, a.k.a. “sunshine laws”
  • No special privileges for media
civic public journalism
Civic (public) journalism
  • Media involvement in community
    • Issue-oriented election coverage
    • Public meetings to discuss coverage, priorities
    • Reporting on issues important to public
civic public journalism24
Civic (public) journalism
  • Media involvement in community
  • Criticized for moving away from objectivity and adversarial role
civic public journalism25
Civic (public) journalism
  • Media involvement in community
  • Criticized for moving away from objectivity and adversarial role
  • Jay Rosen has moved on
    • PressThink.org
    • NewAssignment.Net