News, Politics and Entertainment: Media and the Public Interest

photo courtesy Ed! (Photography)
photo courtesy Ed! (Photography)

Lear Center Director Martin Kaplan and James Steyer led an Aspen Institute seminar on the roles, responsibilities and challenges of media in society.

The seminar explored recent developments in the worlds of media and entertainment in the context of the 2004 election campaign, the changing face of journalism and the impact of entertainment messages on global society. Has the news media done an adequate job in covering important domestic and international crises? Has media consolidation affected investigative journalism?