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The Myth of the Media: Historicizing Journalism’s Role in American Democracy
“Alternative facts and fake news have complicated our trust in the Fourth Estate, but has our media ever been truly objective and democratic? Join BHS and the Social Science Research Council for a discussion that challenges that notion and explores America’s long-standing romanticizing of what the media is and how it functions. Race, gender, and power have always played an essential role defining the news we serve to the public. We’ll look at the people who have benefitted from this – and those who have been harmed – with SiriusSM host and former New York Daily News columnist Karen Hunter; Kim Gallon, founder and director of the Black Press Research Collective and assistant professor of history at Purdue University; and Andie Tucher, director of Columbia Journalism School’s PhD program who is currently working on a book about the history of fake news. Moderated by Kathryn Cramer Brownell, associate professor at Purdue whose work focuses on the how media and popular culture influence American political institutions.”