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Deutsches Haus at NYU presents “Journalists as Hate Object: Populism, Authoritarianism, and the Free Press.” Journalists and the news media are increasingly coming under attack both in the United States and on a global level. In this panel discussion, press critic Jay Rosen, philosopher Jason Stanley, historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat, and journalists Klaus Brinkbäumer and Mathieu Magnaudeix will examine how the global rise of populist parties and authoritarian leaders is focusing the politics of resentment on journalists and their institutions. How can the established press respond to this phenomenon? How can we better understand this troubling development and counteract it?
About the About the panelists:
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University and an expert on fascism, propaganda , and authoritarian leaders. Her political commentary appears in op-eds and interviews in the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, and many other venues.
Klaus Brinkbäumer, born in 1967, is a journalist, TV presenter, author, and filmmaker. He studied at the University of California Santa Barbara and started his journalistic career at Munich’s Abendzeitung. For 25 years, he worked for DER SPIEGEL as a reporter, author of numerous cover stories, and the magazine’s U.S. correspondent (2007-2011). He became DER SPIEGEL’s deputy editor-in-chief in 2011 and editor-in-chief in 2015. Brinkbäumer has been awarded numerous journalistic prizes, including the Egon Erwin Kirsch Prize, the Henri-Nannen Prize and the German Reporter Prize, and was named editor-in-chief of the year in 2016. Today, Brinkbäumer writes for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit and Der Tagesanzeiger with his column “Spiegelstrich,” which focuses on politics and language. He is finalizing work on his first documentary film. His books include Eine Afrikanische Odyssee (2006), Unter dem Sand (2007), Nachruf auf Amerika (2017), and Das kluge lustige, gesunde, ungebremste, glückliche, sehr lange Leben: Die Weisheit der Hundertjährigen. Eine Weltreise. (2019).
Mathieu Magnaudeix, 39, is a staff journalist and the US correspondent for Mediapart, an independent French investigative news website. He’s the writer of two books about the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign and a cofounder of the french association of LGBTI+ journalists. He recently published his third book, The Ocasio-Cortez Generation: The New American Activists (Ed. La Découverte, Paris, 2020).
Jay Rosen teaches Journalism at New York University, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. From 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals, which he introduced in September 2003. He lives in New York City.
Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Stanley is the author of Know How; Languages in Context; Knowledge and Practical Interests, which won the American Philosophical Association book prize; How Propaganda Works, which won the PROSE Award for Philosophy from the Association of American Publishers, and How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications.
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“Journalists as Hate Object: Populism, Authoritarianism, and the Free Press” is funded by the DAAD from funds of the German Federal Foreign Office.