Global Conference 2017

Once the province of supermarket tabloids, intentionally false news is having a big cultural moment -- or possibly something more dangerous and permanent -- in today's hyper-partisan world. Not coincidentally, Oxford Dictionaries chose "post-truth" as its 2016 Word of the Year. Our panel examines the consequences of living in an age of politicized truth, "alternative facts" and selective reality.

  • Is fake news a healthy challenge or existential threat to traditional news organizations?
  • What role should Facebook and Google -- two giant media portals -- have in solving this?
  • Bogus information has always been with us, so why is the culture embracing it so readily now?
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Willow Bay

Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


Rebecca Blumenstein

Deputy Managing Editor, New York Times

Campbell Brown

Head of News Partnerships, Facebook

Stephen Hayes

Editor-in-Chief, The Weekly Standard

Scott McClellan

Vice President, Communications, Seattle University; Former White House Press Secretary

Jon Steinberg

CEO, Cheddar

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