In a democracy the relationship between those who occupy the halls of power and the free press is both fundamentally symbiotic and deeply antagonistic. Neither can operate without the cooperation of the other, yet their aims and purposes often collide. Currently, new technologies and an explosion of ideologically biased media outlets are revolutionizing how citizens come to view the political situation and how politicians can run afoul of or manipulate the press, as well as side-step traditional media outlets entirely via their own social media channels. Additionally, recent events have called much-needed attention to the delicate balance of national security vs. the ideal of an open society. This conference was an interdisciplinary event bringing together politicians and political actors from both sides of the aisle and the media, as well as academics, lawyers, and the public to foster a broad and inclusive discussion on media and politics.

Key issues addressed:

  • How politically biased are media outlets actually?
  • How have new media (online and social networks) altered the political process?
  • Should a federal law shield journalists from revealing their sources and being prosecuted for publishing classified information? And how do we define who is a journalist?
  • How do we balance the ideal of an open society against national security?

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Featured Speakers

Jeremy Scahill
National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and Author of Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield (2013)

John Hancock

Former executive director of the Missouri republican party and co-host of Hancock and Kelley on KLMX Radio

Lance Bennett

Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication and Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington