I was asked a little while ago if I would be willing to look at drafts of your final exams and offer comments. The answer is that I will try to do that if you can get them to me no later than 8 a.m. on Monday. I can’t promise a lot of feedback, but I’ll do what I can.
Not everyone was able to attend today, and I know at least one student could’t find us after we moved to a slightly cooler classroom. So I’m posting links to the videos we watched and discussed today.
- The video accompanying Margaret Sullivan’s column in The Washington Post provides a good overview of Alex Jones’ career.
- CNN’s “Reliable Sources” broadcast a worthwhile debate over whether NBC News did or did not do the right thing in broadcasting Megyn Kelly’s interview with Jones.
- Finally, here is the interview itself.
We opened with a discussion of an NPR story about politically motivated violence. And we closed with an amazing interview with Jay Sekulow, one of President Trump’s lawyers, with Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Our final thank you of the semester goes to Lylah Alphonse, managing editor for news at U.S. News & World Report, who shared her insights with us on Wednesday. Her topics included the evolution of newsmagazines, the challenge of covering Washington in the age of Trump, and her own career path.
We’ll open today with a consideration of New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg’s piece on whether the media environment has so changed since Richard Nixon’s time that he would be able to survive Watergate today. I hope you’ll have a chance to read it before class, though I realize I’m posting it late.
If you missed Monday’s class, or if you’d just like to relive the magic, here is a link where you can watch the documentary “Bannon’s War.” It offers an important look at the rise of Breitbart and the alt-right, so please make sure you watch it.