Cokie Roberts on journalism under President Trump

Activists and journalists get hit by a stun grenade during a protest outside police barriers at President Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters)
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Cokie Roberts, who wrote about the role of women in Washington in our Jan. 23 issue, is this week's guest. Hosts Matt Malone, S.J., and Kerry Weber chat to her about the state of journalism under President Donald J. Trump, in addition to his announcement that he is planning to build a border wall. Associate editor Ashley McKinless joins to offer her perspective on the immigration crisis.

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Although she admitted that it is difficult to be optimistic when "alternative facts" are elevated above truth, Ms. Roberts underlined the importance of journalism despite its latest challenges."That's one of the reasons, by the way, that I'm here talking to you.... [America has] been a wonderful magazine for more than a century, but having it come up to date and be on topic, and then have a wonderful digital presence, is another form of getting the facts out, and getting the facts out to a community that is ready to receive them."

Read the article about Catholics in Congress that Ms. Roberts chats about in our podcast here, and watch our exclusive interview with the chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pat Conroy, S.J., here.

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Lisa Weber
1 year ago

Excellent commentary! Thank you so much.

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