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
Sissela Bok: Secrets and Lies in Politics and Elections. Sissela Bok, writer, philosopher, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, provided a nuanced view on how lies and secrets in politics have impacted public trust and the 2016 election.
News from Our Faculty & Fellows
Why It’s Entirely Predictable That Hillary Clinton’s Emails Are Back in the News. Matthew Baum, Kalb Professor of Global Communication at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Phil Gussin write that “The media’s urgency to maintain drama in an election that was increasingly looking like a blowout made this story all but inevitable.”
Washington Elite Speculate About a Trump Presidency. Tara McKelvey, fall 2012 fellow, debates whether Trump would be able to enact his campaign promises if elected, or, if like other outsider candidates, the Washington power structure would keep him in check.
Trump’s Campaign for Celebrity. Neal Gabler, fall 2011 fellow, writes that Trump’s announcement that he might not accept the election results is characteristic of his campaign not for the presidency, but for continued celebrity. “What critics saw as subversion of democracy, Trump and many of his supporters saw as another plot twist.”
Election Coverage and Commentary
300 Newsrooms Sign on to Monitor Voting Problems, from Columbia Journalism Review.
Fact-Checking Doesn’t “Backfire,” New Study Suggests, from Poynter.
Journalists Can Regain Public’s Trust by Reaffirming Basic Values, from Columbia Journalism Review.
Civic Engagement Strongly Tied to Local News Habits, from Pew Research Center.
A Union of Politics and News Ends With Both Contaminated, from The New York Times.
Use of Campaign Surrogates Puts CNN on the Defensive, from Associated Press.
How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth, from The New York Times.
Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race, from ProPublica.
Pepe, Nasty Women, and the Memeing of American Politics, from Beacon Press.
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