Thursday, February 9, 2017

Keeping Politicians Honest

Heather Stephenson,

Head of CBS News says quality journalism matters now more than ever

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Given an unprecedented presidential election season, the rise of fake news, and a new administration “like no other,” real journalism matters now more than ever, CBS News President David Rhodes said during a talk at Tufts on Feb. 6. ...
Fletcher School Dean James Stavridis, F83, F84, who moderated the event, added that he was recently on a panel with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who decried Trump’s use of Twitter as a “terrible way to conduct diplomacy.” Stavridis, a former NATO commander, said he didn’t agree entirely. Likening a frank presidential tweet to a shot of espresso [JB emphasis] and the usual channels of diplomacy to a regular diet, he said drinking dozens of shots a day on an empty stomach wouldn’t be healthy, but an occasional espresso on top of a well-balanced diet could jolt the dialogue and “move the needle” on critical issues. ...
Rhodes was instrumental in creating an endowed scholarship at the Fletcher School to memorialize Harry A. Radliffe II, A71, F73, an award-winning television journalist and long-time producer for CBS’ 60 Minutes who died of cancer in 2015. (See “A Journalist Who Searched for New Frontiers.”) Members of Radliffe’s family, who helped fund the scholarship, attended Rhodes’ talk, which drew a full audience. Rhodes acknowledged this year’s four scholarship recipients, who are studying public diplomacy and communications through the Murrow Center: “Harry would be proud of every one of you.”

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