If you open a dictionary, you’re not likely to find the term “alternate facts.”
Yet, it’s a reality brought forth in the early days of the administration of President Donald Trump.
The term was actually used by a White House official within days of the inauguration.
Does that serve the public? Does it damage the First Amendment? How are journalists reacting to it?
Those questions form the foundation of a panel discussion called “Truth Matters — Facts Matter” on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
The program will run from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the National Voice of America (VOA) Museum in West Chester. The VOA Museum is located at 8070 Tylersville Road in West Chester Twp.
It’s co-sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the board of the National VOA Museum.
Panelists will include print, online and broadcast journalists from Greater Cincinnati media outlets - Hagit Limor, Investigative Reporter and UC Electronic Media Professor, Howard Wilkinson of WVXU, Kevin Aldridge of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Anthony Shoemaker, the politics reporter of Cox Media Ohio and the Dayton Daily News. Tom McKee of WCPO and Cincinnati SPJ President will serve as the moderator.
They will discuss why real news matters, the dangers of fake news, why a free press is important in a democracy and how does someone determine what is fake news.
Admission is $10.00 at the door per person with the funds going to support the museum and its programs.