Media in the Land of Stars and Stripes
Today’s American media is sharply divided along left and right political lines, with little room in the middle for the objective news and current affairs that was once the norm. From Fox News to The Daily Show, the New York Post to the New York Times, everyone has an agenda.
Are the public being duped – or are they complicit? And how far does the media influence politics ... will it elect the next president, or will the people? What lessons does all this hold for Australia?
In the lead up to the 2012 US Presidential election, join Richard Fidler, former Newsweek deputy editor Julia Baird and the ABC’s Siobhan Heanue to talk about media and cultural empires in the land of the stars and stripes with Sophie Black.
Julia Baird is an author, broadcaster and journalist. She has recently returned from the United States, where she worked as a columnist and deputy editor of Newsweek.
Sophie Black is Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre. Previously she was Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she headed up the titles Crikey, Women’s Agenda, SmartCompany, StartUpSmart and Property Observer.
Richard Fidler presents Conversations with Richard Fidler, a long-form interview program broadcast around Australia on ABC Radio.
Siobhan Heanue is a journalist and presenter for ABC television and radio news. She joined the ABC as a news cadet and is now a Canberra-based reporter.