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#1 AnBr

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 09:13 PM



A House subcommittee hearing Wednesday on media disinformation, especially in cable news, broke down predictably along partisan lines. But representatives and other speakers agreed that the issue is of major concern in an age of increasingly polarized media and amplification of falsehoods.

"Partisanship and polarization in media has been building for years, but these more recent events reflect a point of frightening escalation," U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), said during the remote hearing. Citing witness testimony, he added: "Media companies have increasingly set aside journalistic standards to chase audience share and higher profits."

Longtime journalist Soledad O'Brien, host of the public-affairs talk program "Matter of Fact," said news organizations have a major responsibility to make sure they don't provide a platform for disinformation.

"Congress cannot and should not regulate journalism in defiance of the First Amendment, but here is what we can do: Don’t book liars or advance lies. Cover the fact that lies and propaganda are being disseminated but do not book people to lie on your show because it elevates them and presents a lie as another side," said O'Brien, who said the problem has been aggravated by a steep decline in reliable local news organizations.

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 12:51 PM

Don't book liars? It's tough really because there might be another side but no one can trust the "other side" to be honest about what it is. No network or show runner is interested in having a substantive discussion because they are convinced they'll never be watched again and advertisers will pull their $$ from the shows.

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