The First Amendment Coalition and California Press Foundation hosted a panel session on “Fake News & The First Amendment — The Search for Truth in the Post Truth Era.”
The event was held last Thursday at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco. Moderator David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, led the four panelists: Victoria Baranetsky, general counsel, Center for Investigative Reporting; Nate Cardozo, senior staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Dan Gillmor, professor of practice, Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University; and Megan Graham, clinical teaching fellow, UC Berkeley School of Law.
The discussion focused on the “fake news” phenomenon that burst onto the scene during the 2016 election and appears to have earned a permanent spot in the journalistic and political lexicon. Some of the questions pondered included: What is fake news? Do tech companies bear responsibility for containing it? And, what is the role of the traditional press?