Demystifying Media: Five Lessons in Trust and the Media

Damian Radcliffe co-authored this piece. Each academic term, the University of Oregon invites guest speakers from the academic and media industry to participate in the “Demystifying Media” program. The series aims to challenge faculty and staff by introducing them to the latest thinking in media research and practice. Coverage of the lectures is provided through a partnership with the University of Oregon. Over the past six months, some of the brightest minds in media have visited the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication to discuss issues ranging from flaws in mobile design, the challenges of data journalism, as well as the role of small town newspapers, and how citizens of the Arabian Gulf are embracing social media. Despite these varied subject areas, all five talks had a core thread running through them: trust. This matters, given the that trust in the news is minimal. A Gallup
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MSNBC Guest Larry O’Connor: ‘Trump Never Loses When He Points Out Double Standards in the Media’

President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump have come under criticism from some in the media and elsewhere after Ivanka sat in for her father during a session at the G-20 summit. The criticism drew a sharp rebuke from the President on Twitter Monday morning. Appearing on MSNBC Monday, conservative pundit Larry O’Connor says Trump is playing a winning hand by going after the press in circumstances such as this. “Donald Trump never loses when he points out the double standards in the media, and Continue reading "MSNBC Guest Larry O’Connor: ‘Trump Never Loses When He Points Out Double Standards in the Media’"

‘Putin Knows How to Play this Game’: Kasparov Says Russian Leader Trolled Trump With Handshake Pic

  Russian chessmaster and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov says the Russian media is already preparing to display how Vladimir Putin dominated President Trump during the G20 Summit. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson states that Trump asked Putin about Russia’s 2016 election interference, though the two presidents exchanged pleasantries at multiple points before their extended meeting. According to Kasparov, Russian media is focusing intently on photos of Trump extending a handshake to Putin. As Kasparov seems to insinuate, the Russia state media is figuring out how to frame the encounter between Putin and Trump so the Russian president looks more impressive than his American counterpart. Thus far, Mediaite has found four Russian news sources who
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‘Putin Knows How to Play this Game’: Kasparov Says Russian Leader Trolled Trump With Handshake Pic

  Russian chessmaster and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov says the Russian media is already preparing to display how Vladimir Putin dominated President Trump during the G20 Summit. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson states that Trump asked Putin about Russia’s 2016 election interference, though the two presidents exchanged pleasantries at multiple points before their extended meeting. According to Kasparov, Russian media is focusing intently on photos of Trump extending a handshake to Putin. As Kasparov seems to insinuate, the Russia state media is figuring out how to frame the encounter between Putin and Trump so the Russian president looks more impressive than his American counterpart. Thus far, Mediaite has found four Russian news sources who
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Former CNN Chief Walter Isaacson: Media Helping To Divide The Nation

Former CNN chairman and CEO Walter Isaacson expressed his concern about the current state of the media and its impact on the nation’s political discourse. Isaacson lamented the “enormous political divide” in the U.S. right now and claims the media is at least partially to blame. In an interview with Bloomberg’s “What’d You Miss”, the head of the Aspen Institute’s education and policy studies said, “[T]he divides in our country have been exacerbated by all forms of media,” he said. Isaacson added, “People are getting more and more partisan.” When asked about whether Fox News’ widely perceived bias toward President Donald Trump was a contributing factor in the divide, Isaacson refused to place the blame on any one media outlet. “I put everybody [in the media] in the category, including all of us, that we can step back from knee-jerk partisan elections…that would be good. “One of Continue reading "Former CNN Chief Walter Isaacson: Media Helping To Divide The Nation"

New Poll: Americans Trust CNN More Than Trump By a 50-43 Margin

“You are fake news!” Then President-elect Donald Trump told CNN’s Jim Acosta at a press conference in January. Turns out, according to a new poll, that a majority of Americans do not agree. But the overall margin is slender and (surprise, surprise) the survey breaks down sharply along partisan lines. According to a new SurveyMonkey poll published by Axios, 50 percent of Americans trust CNN more than they trust President Donald Trump. Forty-three percent, meanwhile, trust the President more than they do the cable news network. The breakdown of how members of the two parties answered this question, though, is truly stunning. Ninety-one percent of Democrats find CNN to be more truthful than Trump. While 89 percent of Republicans find Trump to be the more honest broker. Independents backed CNN over the President by a 55-40 split. According to Axios, SurveyMonkey pollster Jon Cohen believes the contentious nature Continue reading "New Poll: Americans Trust CNN More Than Trump By a 50-43 Margin"

Mediaite Presents the 15 Most Influential Media Reporters 2017

A free press is among the most important pillars of what has made these United States truly exceptional.  With the debate raging about the current role of the media  in political discourse, the true guardians of the Fourth Estate are the intrepid reporters who cover the media itself. As we know all too well here at Mediaite, a media entity reporting on others in the media business can be tricky. Particularly at time when the intersection of media and politics is taking center stage, the reporting and reporters, have become more influential than ever. We know that many in the media business despise being judged by others (though they will readily judge others), but that’s where we come in. So here we present our list of

The 15 most Influential Media Reporters for 2017