The Roots of Fake News: Objecting to Objective Journalism

Winston, Matthew and Winston, Brian (2020) The Roots of Fake News: Objecting to Objective Journalism. Routledge. ISBN 9780367145453

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Abstract

This book is neither a defense of, nor an attack on, journalism, but it is unashamedly
anchored in the traditional western belief that independent media are essential to any free and
just society. We do not believe that it is outdated or ironic to see the press as an essential part
of a functioning democracy, a guard over the guardians, a speaker of truth to power, a
comforter of the afflicted and an afflicter of the comfortable. On the contrary, we believe that
without a free press, both public discourse and maybe even democracy itself cannot exist
except as ugly caricatures of what they should be. Moreover, we fear that the press’s ability
to perform its essential functions is increasingly imperiled as it seems to be subject to attack
and distrust at historically high levels. Its role as an agent in the social order – however
defined – appears threatened. But whether this might or might not amount to a crisis cannot
be addressed without a consideration of context; and that is our purpose here

Keywords:fake news, journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:43851
Deposited On:29 Jan 2021 16:12

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