TWO TOP JOURNALISTS WEIGH IN ON THE ROLE OF MODERN MEDIA IN TODAY’S ERA OF DIVISIVE POLITICS
Common Ground Committee, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering civil public discourse in politics, was honored to partner with the Columbia University School of Journalism to welcome New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace to a public forum on the role we all play in moving forward through today’s explosive era of modern journalism. These two prominent political journalists were able to find many areas of common ground, including these key takeaways:
- Donald Trump is making a concerted effort to delegitimize and attack the media, but journalists should not respond with attacks in kind.
- The public should recognize that Fox News isn’t the only news outlet with a point of view.
- Most news consumers can tell the difference between opinion and news.
- Twitter is ultimately just noise and clutter.
- The collapse of local news has substantial, long-term effects that reach beyond politics.
- It’s important for the public to read opinions they don’t agree with and consume news in a holistic way from varied sources.
In this time of divisive politics and highly contested elections, Ms. Haberman and Mr. Wallace’s thoughtful and respectful discussion offered both a model for civil discourse, and inspiration to continue pushing for reporting that puts facts before rhetoric.