NEWS EMERGENCY REQUIRES CRITICAL MEDIA LITERACY

Doomsday-ClockThe media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.

Even if the [the press] successfully investigates the Trump government and publishes Watergate-style revelations, those truths will emerge into an atmosphere that is organized to defeat them and ignore them and belittle them.

  • NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen

. . . we need to rebuild media literacy in the United States because . . . trust has been so eroded.

  • Huffington Post Editor Lydia Polgreen

On January 26, 2017, the “doomsday clock” established in 1947 by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to inform the public that the earth faces imminent disaster was moved to two and half minutes until midnight, indicating the greatest peril facing humanity since 1953.

Explaining their decision in the New York Times, scientists Lawrence Kraus and David Titley wrote

Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person. But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter.

This recent discussion by respected journalists about the news emergency associated with Donald Trump becoming president amounts to a compelling case for citizens to learn more about media / news literacy as a response to this precipitous threat to our democracy.

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