How Journalists View and Handle Misinformation and Disinformation

INTERVIEW ON THE PRICE OF BUSINESS SHOW, MEDIA PARTNER OF THIS SITE.

Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed David Dozier who is a leading media authority.

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center conducted a June survey of nearly 12,000 working U.S.-based journalists. A parallel survey of about 10,000 U.S. adults showed stark differences. Of special interest is the tension between “balance” and amplifying misinformation/disinformation. About 75% of journalists see audiences getting news from news outlets that share their political views as a major problem; only 29% of U.S. adults agree. The problem grew exponentially during and after the Trump presidency. A majority of working journalists (55%) agree that they must cover false statements by politicians but a majority (55%) also agree that both sides do not deserve equal coverage. The most problematic disinformation in the current political environment is the Big Lie: The 2020 U.S. Presidential election was “stolen” from former President Trump. Most but not all news outlets identify Trump’s claim as false. This leads some Americans to distrust news media. In “managing or correcting misinformation,” 43% of journalists say news media do a very or somewhat good job. Among Americans in general, only 25% think news media do a very/somewhat good job. About 67% of journalists agree that social media have a very or somewhat negative impact on journalism (www.DavidDozierBooks.com)

 

The Price of Business is one of the longest running shows of its kind in the country and is in markets coast to coast. The Host, Kevin Price, is a multi-award winning author, broadcast journalist, and syndicated columnist. He is Editor at Large for this site.  Learn more about the show and its digital partners at www.PriceofBusiness.com.

David Dozier (DavidDozierBooks.com) is the author of the novel, The California Killing Field. He is a professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University. He’s an internationally recognized expert on communication management and public relations.

According to USA Business Radio, “David Dozier is a scholar of public relations and communication management, professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University, and author of The California Killing Field. He says fake news has become a phenomenon, political campaigns use the tactic to influence voters, and that it’s perplexing that a conspiracy-based group such as QAnon has gained national attention.

Kevin Price and David Dozier are doing a multi-part series on this important topic that will be on many different platforms, as well as on radio. Keep an eye out for the series throughout the Price of Business Digital Network and USA Business Radio.

 

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