Background Briefing: July 29, 2021
The Need For the Media to Cooperate on Investigative Journalism While Combatting Disinformation
We begin with the difficulty of getting important stories from investigative journalists financed, published and disseminated in a media environment overwhelmed by deliberate disinformation from both foreign governments and our own political leaders like the font of fake news Donald Trump. Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA analyst who served as National Intelligence Officer for East Asia joins us to discuss his article at The National Interest, “Disinformation: It’s Time to Feature All the News that Isn’t Fit to Print.” We examine how a recent scoop from The Guardian on explosive documents from a 2016 National Security Council meeting in the Kremlin at which Putin ordered a campaign to hurt Hillary Clinton and help elect Donald Trump is being ignored by the mainstream media because it was not invented here. Meanwhile groups like ProPublica and Bellingcat uncover extraordinary open source intelligence which might be better served if the media giants formed a consortium to develop important stories while discrediting disinformation. Whether manufactured at Mar-A-Lago or Moscow, disinformation campaigns are a growing political malignancy undermining the news media as well as public confidence in democracy and the press.
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