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  • Democracy Forum 6/17/16

    Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Participatory Democracy

    Program Topic: Press or Propaganda: Corporate Media, a Free Press, and the Future of Democracy

    Key Discussion Points:
    -Tension between corporate, profit-motivated ownership of mainstream media and the public interest mission served by journalism in an open democracy.
    -What roles are old and new media playing in forming an educated electorate in 21st century America?
    -The long-held belief in a liberal media bias has been challenged by the success of Fox News and the like. Is this kind of POV media a new phenomenon in American journalism? Which side is winning?
    -What happens when the ultra-rich like Sheldon Adelson, Rupert Murdoch, and Jeffrey Bezos start buying up news outlets?
    -Is this good for democracy? What can citizens do?

    Guests:
    Michael Franz, Associate Professor at Bowdoin College and co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project. mikemfranz.com/
    John Christie, co-founder and senior editor for the Maine Center of Public Interest Reporting. pinetreewatchdog.org/about/

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    John Bradford
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Marge May
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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    Published on June 17, 2016 · Filed under: Democracy Forum; Tagged as: , ,
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