Trump questions why NPR exists

Both NPR and PBS operate independently and are not censored or controlled by government officials, differentiating them from other nations’ propaganda outlets, such as Russia’s RT.

A recent Pew survey showed that 31 percent of U.S. adults trust NPR, while 10 percent distrust the media outlet. ABC News is the most-trusted media organization in the U.S., with 48 percent saying they trust the outlet. It was followed by NBC News and CNN (both at 47 percent). CBS News was ranked third (at 45 percent).

By Jason Lemon @ Newsweek

The Media’s ‘Religious Left’ Is Erasing Marginalized Communities of Faith

Commentary by Harmeet Kamboj @ Sojourners

The stakes of politics are highest for those on the fringes of society, and our communities have been far from silent about the life-threatening injustice we face at the hands of the Trump administration. Framings of the “Religious Left” often deny non-Christian communities their agency. Ultimately, the onus is on journalists to abandon such simplistic constructions. 

YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild

By Caroline Haskins @ Vice

…the point isn’t that these conspiracy theorists are wrong. They obviously are. The point is that vloggers have realized that they can amass hundreds of thousands of views by advancing false narrative, and YouTube has not adequately stopped these conspiracy theories from blossoming on its platform, despite the fact that many people use it for news.

More @ BBC

Slow news

The former publisher of the “Register Guard” newspaper Logan Molen joins OPB to discuss the 24-hour news cycle, the financial pressures newspapers everywhere are facing and how he thinks the idea of “slow news” could affect the industry. The family-owned “Register Guard” newspaper was sold earlier this year to the GateHouse media company, a move which shook many of its readers and subscribers. Molen is one of the keynote speakers at the University of Oregon journalism school’s “Slow News” conference

Oregon Public Broadcasting