Today, we are inundated with more news media than ever. We can view news on TV, in print, on our smartphones, computers, wristwatches, eyeglasses, and even at the gas station. But how does this huge influx of media influence our society? Can the media industry truly influence lawmakers and effect change? Or is it the other way around, where lawmakers, monied interests and others manipulate the media to impact public opinion and push their own agendas?
Recent high-profile examples include Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks, which have parallels to groundbreaking moments in journalism like the Pentagon Papers and Watergate. Have these stories or any others led to substantive policy changes? If so, how? If not, what are the forces keeping those changes at bay?
On the day before the White House Correspondents Dinner (Friday, April 24), the Newseum Institute, which champions the five freedoms of the First Amendment through education, information and entertainment, will partner with The Young Turks to convene a discussion about the media’s power to impact legislation. The event will be hosted Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute, senior vice president of the First Amendment Center and founding editor of USA Today. The panel will feature some of the most respected voices in the news media today, including Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur), host of The Young Turks. The Newseum Institute and The Young Turks would love to have you be a part of the discussion.
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New York Times best-selling author and former host of MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show
College students who mention the show and show a valid student ID will get free admission to the Newseum on April 24.
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