All the President’s Men (40th Anniversary Edition)

Bernstein and Woodward published All the President’s Men a mere three months before Nixon’s resignation. We’re revisiting (or visiting for the first time) this classic work of political journalism in the wake of the many callbacks since the 2016 Presidential election. Are dirty tricks just part of politics? What role does the press play? Are there parallels to the Trump administration?

Featuring host Jeffery Jenkins (@jaj7d ‏), and guests Aubrey Hicks (@AubreyHi), Lisa Schweitzer (@drschweitzer), and Donnajean Ward (@DonnajeanWard).

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When fake news is funny (or “funny”), is it harder to get people to stop sharing it?

Nieman Lab quoted Abby Wood of the USC Gould School on how current political advertising laws could be applied to reduce the negative impacts of fake news. A case for the U.S. government to regulate fake news. “Fake news is native advertising, or ‘disinformation advertising.’ Despite strong First Amendment protection of political speech, government can…

Drudge, Facebook, NYT readers could face libel suits for sharing ‘fake news’ under Dem plan

Fox News (in a Washington Examiner story) highlighted a paper by Abby Wood of the USC Gould School and colleagues proposing government regulation of “fake news” on the internet. Wood and colleagues argue that sharing an item that has been flagged as “untrue” may make an individual liable under libel laws. Read Fox News here…