The Future of News: News and the Public Trust

October 16, 2009

Guests: Dan Rather and Farai Chideya

By Newseum staff

"Increasingly, various places on the media landscape … cater to people from one partisan political point of view. … which I don't think serves the country well."
— Dan Rather

"No one can stop people from putting information out there. The problem is that we don't have enough of a filter to decide what information is useful and what is not useful."
— Farai Chideya

Program Summary

With blogs and citizen journalism, is news as a public trust still viable? Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Farai Chideya, former host of NPR's "News and Notes," examine media bias and the increased corporatization of mainstream news.

About Dan Rather

Veteran journalist Dan Rather is now anchor and managing editor of "Dan Rather Reports" on HDNet. The program covers politics, the environment, the global economy and international affairs and conflicts. For 24 years, Rather was anchor of the "CBS Evening News," replacing Walter Cronkite after he retired in 1981. Rather left CBS in 2006.

About Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya is the founder of PopandPolitics.com, one of the world's longest continuously operating blogs. She is the former host of NPR's "News and Notes," a daily national program about African-American and African diaspora issues. She is the author of three nonfiction books and one novel.

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ProPublica: www.propublica.org
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: www.fair.org
Media Research Center: www.mrc.org

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