22nd April 2021
By Wendy Collinson

Ethics in the News Podcast: Misinformation in the mainstream media

Misinformation gets talked about like a problem restricted to social media or alternative media – but mainstream media does it too… Join James Ball, Global Editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, EJN Trustee and author of Post Truth as he talks to Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Brooke Binkowski, managing editor, truthorfiction.com

When we talk about misinformation, too often we talk about it like a problem restricted to social media or alternative media – but the USA’s mainstream outlets play a huge role in spreading it, failing to restrict it, or even creating it themselves.
Whether it’s amplifying political lies or loaded narratives, or in propelling racist narratives, misinformation is a problem in mainstream media too.