Does the media have a “duty of care”?

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In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it’s certainly a question worth asking … (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)

Greg Russak‘s insight:

"Democracy, in order to work, requires that reasonable men and women take the time to understand and debate difficult, sometimes complex, issues, and they do so in an atmosphere that strives for the type of understanding that leads to if not agreement, then at least a productive and workable compromise. Politics is about choices. And, within those choices, politics is about priorities. It’s about reconciling conflicting preferences wherever and whenever possibly based on fact. But if the facts themselves are distorted, the resolutions are likely only to create further conflict, with all the stresses and strains on society that inevitably follow. The media have to decide; do they see their role as being to inflame or to inform? In the end, it comes down to a combination of trust and leadership."

– David Puttnam, award winning producer, founder of the National Teaching Awards, first Chair of the General Teaching Council, and past president of UNICEF UK

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Author: Peaceful Patriot

Proud middle class husband, father, and progressive liberal. Registered Non-Partisan but have much more in common with Democrats than Republicans. Consider Libertarians to be immature and underdeveloped in their understanding of reality. An atheist who doesn't care what you believe so long as you stop pretending the Founding Fathers intended for you to legislatively force your beliefs on everyone else. Laughs out loud in mocking disdain at the abject lunacy of birthers, climate science deniers, and hard core tea partiers. If that offends you, too bad. You're not rational and have no place at the adult table.

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