Fake News and Alternative Facts

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air Date: August 25, 2019)—This week on the program, we air a forum looking at the vilification of / and distrust in/ the media—the network of journalists, reporters, editors, producers and newscasters that gather and dispense the news. Referred to by many names: the press, the media, the fourth estate or the great bulwark of freedom; these organizations and individuals play an essential role in democracy and society and enjoy a long history in America, enshrined in the Constitution through the First Amendment in 1791.

Addressing the role of the press, the threat of misinformation and the need for critical consumption of the news is Jennifer Napier-Pearce, former executive editor of the Salt Lake Tribune and a frequent voice on this program. Napier-Pearce—a veteran journalist and former reporter, host and producer for KCPW—resigned from her position as executive editor earlier this month. Her last day was August 14, falling just short of her 4th anniversary as head of the Salt Lake Tribune. During her interim, the Salt Lake Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for coverage of campus rape and transitioned to a new nonprofit organization in 2019.

This forum was recorded on April 10, 2019.

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