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International Journalism Festival: 'Fair and Balanced' or 'False Equivalence'?

Pulitzer Center Executive Editor Indira Lakshman speaks President Trump's use of the term "Fake News." Screenshot from a Washington Post video stream. United States, 2018.

"Indira Lakshmanan Reports" highlights Lakshmanan's reporting, commentary, and public event...

Image courtesy of the International Journalism Festival. 2019.
Image courtesy of the International Journalism Festival. 2019.

In an era when politicians around the world are promoting false narratives and accuse anyone who fact-checks them of being "fake news," it is a journalist's responsibility to continuously point out lies, or has ardent fact-checking become too politicized? When we repeatedly criticize, do we risk becoming partisan? The press needs to be truthful yet even-handed, but in an era when lies travel around the world faster than the truth can get out of bed, do journalists need to leave behind old models of "both sides" journalism and give audiences a "truth sandwich" instead?

Pulitzer Center Executive Editor Indira Lakshmanan moderates a discussion with Craig Newmark, founder of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Jay Rosen of the Arthur L. Clarke Journalism Institute, and Rachel Smolkin, executive editor of CNN Politics. 

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