On 25 January Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis, led a discussion with journalists and media commentators on how news media can cover Trump in a ‘post-truth’ world. Listen to the discussion below.
Senior Media Correspondent, CNN
On whether this is a serious crisis for journalists.
Chief Political Commentator, The Independent
“Post-truth is the wrong term.”
Senior Editor, The Economist
On what is post-fact.
“My concern is that Trump is a master of manipulating the news media and is getting the result he wants at the expense of the news media’s credibility.”
Special Correspondent, BuzzFeed
On BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the dossier on Trump.
“Journalists have a horrible habit of writing for each other.”
Questions from the audience
Facebook and Twitter refuse to take responsibility for the content they publish. What accountability should there be in the new structures of social media?
What advice would you give to journalists in Europe with elections coming up in Germany and France?
If the truth is complicated, how do journalists communicate it simply?
Why is the UK written-media so partisan when all the evidence is that the public demand is for precise and unbiased news?
Thanks for listening.