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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?
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.
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.
Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the new national writers scheme The Next Chapter, The Messenger podcast (Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals, New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017; UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary; Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature; Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award) and the ABC Radio National program Talkfest.
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.
Just a few short weeks from now, millions of Americans will go to the polls. It’s an election that will decide the future of a superpower – and a world – on the precipice of economic and environmental crisis. As the campaign heats up, we take a look at new-millennium America: its politics, its polarised media and its vibrant creative culture. And we ask: how long will America continue to dominate the global conversation?
Also included in this series is our Intelligence Squared debate, Western Civilisation is in Terminal Decline.