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Journalist Andrew Alexander to discuss “President Trump and the Battle for a Free Press”


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All American presidents have had a rocky relationship with the press. But President Trump’s attacks on media outlets and individual journalists have been relentless, withering and personal.

They come at a time when many echo Trump’s accusation that the mainstream media reports “fake news,” while others say the media is largely responsible for Trump’s rise.

How should traditional media be rated for its performance in covering last year’s presidential election? Was early coverage of Trump excessive and did that lead to his stunning electoral victory? And now that he’s in the White House, how should the press respond to Trump’s attacks?
These and other issues will be explored during the next Ohio University Café Conversation, to be held at 5 p.m., Wed., March 22 in the Baker Center Front Room.

Alexander is an Ohio University graduate who spent four decades as a journalist in the nation’s capital as the Cox Newspapers Bureau chief and ombudsman for The Washington Post. Today, he is a Visiting Professional at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and an Executive in Residence with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Café Conversations are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt.

The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division.