The Media Under A Trump Presidency
For the week of November 27, 2016
From fake news on Facebook to hacked emails on WikiLeaks and now, a President-elect with a contentious relationship with the press, how will the media respond to issues of ethics, accuracy and access?
Guest: Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota
- Part 1 – 13:53
President-elect Trump said before the election that as President he would “open up libel laws.” Professor Kirtley discusses why Trump would have difficulty changing libel laws and why libel is often hard to prove in court. Nonetheless, libel suits can be costly for many media companies and can be used to intimidate journalists.
- Part 2 – 12:41
Media critics say hacked emails posted to WikiLeaks and fake news spread largely through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter had an influence over the election. Kirtley discusses First Amendment law versus media ethics and shares her concern over whether accurate and accountable journalism can be heard over the “echo chamber” of social media.