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Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg has claimed his ‘misinformation’ conference was the subject of ‘disinformation campaigns’ after panelists who took part in the event were widely mocked on social media social.
Goldberg, whose magazine co-hosted the conference “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” with the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, appeared on the closing day of the event and suggested that the “misinformation” had spread about what was discussed, which he saw as a “measure of our success”.
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“I think a dark but inevitable measure of our success is that our disinformation conference has already been the subject of disinformation campaigns on social media,” Goldberg said Friday. “So here is.”
The comment drew lukewarm applause from the audience, to which Goldberg smiled and said, “Congratulations on that.”
“We will investigate this in next year’s misinformation [conference]“, he also joked.
The Chicago Thinker, a University of Chicago student newspaper whose staff challenged conference panelists throughout the event, mocked Goldberg’s comments on social media.
“And just like that @JeffreyGoldberg proved our point!” exclaimed the conservative-libertarian newspaper. “First rule in the corporate media playbook: dismiss truthful reporting as ‘disinformation’ to avoid accountability. A fitting end to the conference!”
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Former President Obama was slammed by critics as he was accused of ‘revisionist history’ for his record on Russia, telling the Chicago audience: ‘I will say that as someone who has struggled with the incursion into Crimea and the eastern parts of Ukraine, I have been encouraged by the European reaction. Because in 2014 I often had to drag them kicking and shouting to answer with a we would have liked to see, from those of us who describe ourselves as Western democracies.
Atlantic staff writer Anne Applebaum confronted Daniel Schmidt, a freshman at the University of Chicago and writer for The Chicago Thinker, about the media’s treatment of the Hunter Biden scandal during the 2020 presidential election.
“Do you think the media acted inappropriately when they immediately dismissed Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation and what can be learned from that to ensure that what we call disinformation is really Russian disinformation? misinformation and not reality?” Schmidt asked Wednesday.
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Applebaum did not respond directly to either question, but instead claimed Hunter Biden’s emails were not “interesting.”
“My issue with Hunter Biden’s laptop is, I think, totally irrelevant. I mean, it’s not about misinformation,” Applebaum said. “I mean, I didn’t think Hunter Biden’s business dealings had anything to do with who should be president of the United States. So, I don’t find that interesting. I mean, it would be my problem with it as big news.”
Another viral exchange took place when Christopher Phillips, another freshman and writer for The Chicago Thinker, confronted CNN’s left-leaning media correspondent Brian Stelter about the “misinformation” his network has promoted these last years.
“They’re pushing the Russian collusion hoax, they’re pushing the Jussie Smollett hoax, they’re defaming Judge Kavanaugh as a rapist, and they’ve also defamed Nick Sandmann as a white supremacist. And yes, they’ve dismissed the case from the Hunter Biden laptop as pure Russian disinformation,” Phillips told Stelter on Thursday. “With traditional corporate journalists becoming little more than apologists and cheerleaders for the regime, is it time to finally declare that the canon of journalistic ethics is dead or no longer operational?”
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Phillips continued, “All the mistakes of the mainstream media and CNN in particular, all seem to magically point in the same direction. Are we supposed to believe this is all just some kind of random coincidence, or is there there something else behind it?”
Stelter replies nervously joking, “It’s lunch time.”
“There’s a clock that says 30 seconds, but I think that’s my honest answer to you, and I’ll come back and talk more after that…I understand that’s a popular right-wing narrative on CNN,” Stelter said. . “I think it’s important, when we’re talking about shared reality and democracy, all these networks, all these news outlets have to stand up for democracy. And when they’re wrong, admit it.”
Stelter continued to dodge Phillips’ line of questioning by taking to CNN to help Fox News in Ukraine after the deadly attack on the Fox News crew last month, showing how the media “works together,” which is something, Stelter said, “we don’t”. speak” enough.
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“And when it comes to the diet, I think you mean President Biden? Last time I spoke with a Biden aide, we were yelling at each other. So that’s the industry reality of information, that people don’t see, that people don’t see. I don’t hear,” Stelter said. “They imagine it’s a situation that just isn’t. But I think your question, it speaks to the failure of journalism to show our work and to show the reality of how our profession works. We have a lot work to do, I think.”
Phillips then thanked Stelter for following him after the roundtable, but tweeted, “I ALWAYS wonder: If CNN is truly impartial, WHY every mistake they make is an overshoot for Democrats and against Democrats. Republicans??