90 Minutes on America: How U.S. Media Changed After 9/11 | Discussion

When: 2011-11-21 16:30 - 2011-11-21 18:30
Where: Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana
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Panelists Daniel Anyz from Hospodarske noviny and Pavel Tomasek of Aktualne.cz noted that U.S. journalists let themselves get carried away by the wave of patriotism immediately after the terrorist attacks, but in the end, they “did a good job uncovering the cause of the attacks,” according to Tomasek.

Both panelists commented on the case of Judith Miller of the New York Times, noting that the traditional American media went through a period of self-reflection during the Bush administration and managed to maintain their independence, but in the meantime have begun facing challenges connected with the advent of the Internet media.

“Speed started to be more important than accuracy and the question of the relevancy of the classic media followed.  Politicians now prefer downloading their statements on Youtube to summoning journalists to get the message across,” said Tomasek.

According to Anyz, the U.S. public “gets politically polarized according to what news servers they visit; however, the promise of the Internet as a trustworthy information source has not completely materialized.”