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Sunday, July 9 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Socialist Worker-Sponsored Meeting: Lies, Damn Lies, and Fake News

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All governments lie, the independent journalist I.F. Stone once said. But not all governments lie as proudly as those led by Donald Trump. Corporate-owned media outlets generally obey the unwritten rule that the spokespeople for government sources should be treated as credible (regardless of how many times they've been caught lying), but the new president's obvious disdain for the truth—from lying about the size of the crowds attending his inauguration to his share of Electoral College votes compared to previous presidents—has pushed some to adopt a more Stone-like stance of skepticism, even as right-wing outlets like Breitbart, and the “fair and balanced” Fox News do whatever they can to fuel the right’s agenda. Activist Dana Cloud dissects the role of media in the age of “fake news” and Donald Trump—and discusses the importance of an independent voice for our side.

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Dana Cloud

Dana Cloud is a professor of communication at Syracuse University, author of the forthcoming book Reality Bites: Rhetoric and the Circulation of Truth Claims in US Political Culture from Ohio State. University Press. She is a longtime member of the ISO.

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park C/D