In a media landscape dominated by advocacy news networks pushing competing points of view, how can an attorney uncover the truth about any particular issue? This program will describe methods, attempts, policies, and laws intended to give media consumers the tools to critique the media, to see both sides of any issue, to separate the facts from the agenda-driven spin and selective presentation often used by such news sources as Fox News and MSNBC, and to create better informed attorneys, citizens and voters. The program will describe the history of advocacy journalism, including yellow journalism, the role of talk radio, cable news networks, and the more recent phenomena of special-interest blogs, websites, and citizen journalists in creating the current media climate. It will describe the rise of fact checking organizations and media literacy education.
Jenkins Law Library, an accredited provider under the Pennsylvania CLE Board's Rules, will serve as the CLE provider for this course. The course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in substantive law, practice and procedure.
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.0 hour of total CLE credit.