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Media & Politics Must Reads, November 4, 2016

November 3, 2016

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.

How Donald Trump Changed Political Journalism, from CNN.

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.

PolitiFact Is Getting Ready to Rate the Promises of the New President, from Poynter.

Washington Post to Use Robo-Journalism for Election Day Coverage, from Forbes.

This Newspaper Covers Trump from a Unique Angle: His College Years, from Poynter.

Why More Women’s Magazines Are Taking a Political Stand This Election, from AdWeek.

Social Media

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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