GUEST: Victor Pickard, Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and co-Director of Media, Inequality & Change Center. He has written widely about media, the news, communication, and democracy and is the author of Democracy Without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society
BACKGROUND: The media landscape in the U.S. is rapidly shifting during a year that was a turning point for the nation, socially and politically. Traditional media outlets are struggling to capture the seriousness of Trump’s election theft attempts and social media are failing to curb his dangerous lies and conspiracies.
Meanwhile Fox News is suddenly discovering what fact-checking means and Trump, angry over Fox’s traitorous moves in calling the election for Joe Biden, is looking to amplify his message through his own media empire.
How has this year’s election exposed the on-going crisis in journalism?