Our weekly roundup of news found at the intersection of media, politics, policy and technology, from the Shorenstein Center and from around the web.
This Week at the Shorenstein Center
Media and Politics Podcast. The Shorenstein Center’s event series has concluded for the semester, but you can catch up on all of our speakers through our podcast, available on iTunes, GooglePlay, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, and Stitcher.
Sanctuary cities and federal funds: Interpreting Trump’s executive order, from Journalist’s Resource.
News from Faculty, Fellows, and Students
The French elections showed the strength of the European far right — and its limits. Pippa Norris, Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, quoted in Vox, compares Le Pen and Macron, and their voters.
Who loses in a government shutdown? Richard Parker, Lecturer in Public Policy, discusses the implications of a government shutdown.
The People Have Spoken: They Want More Government. Jeff Madrick, spring 2001 fellow, argues for “building a high-wage economy that protects workers, not banks and corporations.”
Harvard Kennedy School students focus on Earth Day and environmental issues in the Kennedy School Review:
- What’s in a Name: Earth Day and the EPA, by Liz Hanson.
- Race, Gender, and Poverty: Why the Environment Matters, by Jennifer Helfrich.
- The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think, from Politico Magazine.
- NPR’s Staff Diversity Numbers, 2016, from NPR.
President Trump and Media
- ‘Everyone tunes in’: Inside Trump’s obsession with cable TV, from The Washington Post.
- Floyd Abrams Sees Trump’s Anti-Media Tweets as Double-Edged Swords, from The New York Times.
- Report: New censorship tactics combine the worst old practices and the newest technology, from Poynter.
- Reporters Without Borders: Journalism at tipping point, from Al Jazeera.
Fake News and Filter Bubbles
- Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug? From The New York Times Magazine.
- Facebook Tests Giving Users A More Balanced News Diet, from
- Facebook urged to step up fake news fight before UK election, from The Guardian.
- Facebook shows Related Articles and fact checkers before you open links, from TechCrunch.
- A new database of fake news sites details how much fakery has spread from Trump v. Clinton to local news, from Nieman Lab.
- Here’s a list of initiatives that hope to fix trust in journalism and tackle “fake news,” from Fergus Bell on Medium.
- Jimmy Wales goes after fake news with Wikitribune – a crowdfunded site for reporters, from
- The Problem With WikiTribune, from The Atlantic.
- Google targets ‘fake news,’ offensive search suggestions, from the Associated Press.
- How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media, from Politico Magazine.
- With Bill O’Reilly Out, Fox Rivals See a Chance to Move In, from The New York Times.
- Breitbart struggles to define its role in Trump era: Bad boy, watchdog or lapdog? From Poynter.
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