Judy Kirby asks: Do we really live in a democracy? And why isn’t the press telling us more about its failures and its alternatives?
In his book Fraudcast News – How bad journalism supports our bogus democracies, Patrick Chalmers, a former Reuters financial reporter, contends that conventional journalists are incomplete public guardians. The workings of governance are lost to ordinary people in a tangle of institutions and regulatory bodies operating in obscurity and immune to public influence, he writes. The answer, he now believes, is a new media – public-interest journalism.
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