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04/10 - Are Politics Destroying Democracy?

Is representative democracy no longer working?

Gridlock. Party politics. Lack of bipartisanship. Is representative democracy no longer working? And if the system is broken in Washington, what’s the collateral damage to Louisiana? Watch “Are Politics Destroying Democracy?” on Louisiana Public Square, Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB.

Backgrounder

“It is a very toxic environment in Washington right now, and it's very stressful, and people are going to say things that they may sometimes regret." Those were the words from Louisiana Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine on March 2nd reacting to comments from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu suggesting Levine should leave his post because of his opposition to the Democrats’ health care overhaul proposal. In an interview with The Associated Press Landrieu said of Levine, "I just think he's wrong, usually morning, noon and night, and as far as I'm concerned, he can go get another job." The Senator soon after apologized by phone and Levine accepted what he described as a genuine apology.

The “toxic environment” Secretary Levine was referring to is what some analysts see as growing tensions in Congress due to partisan politics and a lack of civility. A recent Gallup poll shows that 72% of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing and 60% of respondents to a recent Rasmussen poll feel that neither Democratic or Republican leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today. The political climate and voter distrust in the nation’s capital has some wondering if representative democracy is no longer working. And if the system is broken in Washington, what’s the collateral damage to Louisiana?

National Public Radio series “Trust in Government: The Season of Discontent”
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126051549

Pew Research Center Survey on “The People and Their Government”
http://people-press.org/report/606/trust-in-government

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     05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? What role has the downsizing of traditional media played in creating a gap in coverage and possibly, community trust? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? And, how can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “News about the News” airing Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, May 22)

Our panelists are:
• Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, LSU Manship School
• Jarvis DeBerry, Deputy Opinion Editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune
• Peter Kovacs, Editor, The Advocate
• Lance Porter, Director, LSU Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and journalist and political historian, Bob Mann moderate the discussion. The program features interviews with Michael Henderson, director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Ray Pingree, Associate Professor wth the LSU Manship School of Communication; John DeSantis, Senior Staff Writer for The Houma Times and Judi Terzotis, president of The Advocate.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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