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How does media gain trust?/Artist with 3 exhibits in midstate

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 15, 2018 4:30 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, March 15, 2018:

Throughout American history, the press has been criticized by those in power -- often when there was a story they didn't like or that made them look bad. While Thomas Jefferson was a champion of freedom of the press, he also had a contentious relationship with the media and is quoted as saying, ""Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."

So, attacks on the media are nothing new.  However, President Trump's criticism of journalists is unique in recent years and maybe even more aggressive than from any American president.

The president has called the press the enemy of the people and often refers to fake news when there is a story he doesn't like.  Trump's supporters have followed his lead and often point fingers at the media.

Even before Trump became president, the American public did not have a lot of trust in the press.

How have journalists reacted to being called out in such a public way and what do they have to do to be trusted by Listeners, viewers and readers?

Author and former Los Angeles Times Media Critic Tom Rosenstiel is now Executive Director of the American Press Institute and he joins us on Thursday's Smart Talk.

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Works by Ladislav Hanka--Dragonfly Embraced and Enveloped by Honey Bees (Left) & Scriptum Arborum Embalmed (Right

Also, three exhibits by one artist - all very close to one another.  The artist is renowned Printmaker and Naturalist Ladislav Hanka and the exhibits can be seen now through April 29 at Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg and at High Center and Murray Library on the campus of Messiah College.

Hanka is with us on Thursday's Smart Talk.

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