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Fueling Insurrection with Disinformation

Jan 19, 2021

Last week the Shop Talk panelists discussed the words used to describe the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  This week they talk about the disinformation campaign that ultimately incited the mob.

The panelists touch on an article in Poynter, which talked to experts about that disinformation and asked them to explain why this is so important.

They also touch on the interview NPR's Morning Edition did with documentarian Ken Burns, who said 2020 had an unprecedented perfect storm with three major viruses: COVID-19, white supremacy, and misinformation.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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