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 Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
Evaluating the status of the news media has become complex because of numerous allied influences. For example, even the word “media” has expanded to include ALL influences on the American psyche. Cell phones have become part of the “media.” Radio, television, newspapers, magazines are simply elements of the traditional media and movies seem to have their own influential impacts as do the ever increasing online sources. What is particularly interesting is the constant influence of advertizing which seems to drive so much of the media. Because the term “media” has become so fragmented and the impulse to use media for capital exploitation, the public has become suspicious of ALL media output. Can we somehow effectively address all these disparate elements and gain a renewed trust in the information we receive through the media? One answer echoes through such a question—no answer will even be considered as long as our leadership continues to shout, “Fake news!Fake news!” It’s quite possible that Public Broadcasting is the last bastion of reliable information—and even Public Broadcasting has succumbed to advertising—but PLEASE NO pharmaceuticals or attorneys!
Posted by Paul Crawford on 05/08 at 03:23 PM
I find your own news useful and timely but I confess I rarely watch now. I listen to Democracy Now on community radio and sometimes listen to NPR. I subscribe to The New York Times online and refer to it daily. It is pretty right of center for my taste.
I do read The Advocate online but find its editorial positions right-wing. I get tired of their endless sports news. I sometimes read “225” though the Chamber of Commerce viewpoint annoys me. I do not turn on my television for many days at a time. I do not dislike the local television commercial news stations; I just don’t bother to watch them.
I follow some news groups on Facebook. I used to read The Guardian (the English one) and when my French was still better than it now is Le Monde.
Posted by Ted Michael Morgan on 05/10 at 11:48 AM