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Race, Politics and American Media

Juan Williams and J. Phillip Thompson discuss how the collapse of print and other traditional news and the rise of celebrity culture have contributed to the sharp decline of in-depth stories involving race and society.

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Co-sponsored by the Center for Future Civic Meda and the Technology and Culture Forum

"In what remains of the black press, they don’t cover crises with any sense of urgency. ... There’s no investment of money, or placing journalists in position to tell you critical stories time and again with any sense of dispatch, any sense of trying to dig deep into a story to find the systemic identity of the political power players who have their finger on levers causing distress in lower income communities. It doesn’t exist."
Juan Williams, NPR and Fox News

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